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better have a discussion with your employees .. openly.. involve them in making a proper decision .. cost cutting in coffee ! ha thats impossible and very cheap.
From India, Mumbai
In our office we were also facing the problem of excess use of coffee & Tea. I feel it is best to keep a register near each machine which needs to be signed by the employees if they are having coffee/ tea. At the end of the day compare it with the reading in the vending machine. In this way you can monitor whether the excess use is from the employees or the office boys who consume it more.
Hope this would give a better idea on how to create a track on the excess usage

From India
Wont this make employees feel that they'd rather not have coffee?
Please do let us know the honest opinion of employees on this system. To my observation - it is such kind of an act that results in the total failure of employee motivation.

I understand when people say that the management is tough on such decisions, but for once talk back and ask them "What difference is it going to make by stopping or highly monitoring them on coffee consumption except for lowering their motivation?"

Monitor on performance, guide employee if their attitude is failing. On such kind of allowances we should not set a limit or rather a "monitoring system".

Majority of us are in the opinion that the HR should not encourage on going ahead with reducing consumtion of tea/coffee. Use the HR position to the benefit of both employees and Employer. Use the power of this position and let the employers know that it makes no sense at the end of the day! (The power here is the ability to present the employees to the Management) - In a diplomatic, yet a strong message conveyed manner.

From India, Madras
Moreover, One need not go around making POLICIES for such small issues, then issuing CIRCULARS and Notices (which you can be sure, none will take seriously) and then keeping an eye/monitoring employee usage follow-ups.
We tend to TRIVIALiZE HR by doing all this.

If one wants to effectively drive home the message; then switch-off the vending machine for a day (or few hours for a few days); put up a small sign nearby -"PLEASE AVOID EXCESSIVE & WASTEFUL INDULGENCE".
Utilize the time in hand to make GOOD POLICIES which tend to motivate employees thereby enhancing productivity.
Warm regards.

From India, Delhi
Hi All, I’m totally with the view of Mr. Ashutosh Mishra. If any one use more cup of tea or cofee it will be harmfull for him. Please take it easy. Regards Ajay Sharma
From India, Lucknow
Dear Uma,
You can stipulate coffee/tea only twice a day one at 11.00 AM in the morning and the second at 4.30 PM in the evening, you need to educate your employees about the management policy through meetings and lecturers and the ill effect of coffee/tea on health. You should present yourself in such a way that that you have concern for your employees

From India, Bangalore
I’m strongly against any such suggestions of 60-40 ratio. All these craps indicates work culture of a La-La company.
From India, New Delhi

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