You don’t need to spend a heap of money and time on expensive retreats and gifts for your employees. Sometimes, making your staff happy can be as simple as arranging for croissants and yoghurt for breakfast or providing corporate lunch catering. According to a recent survey, 41% of respondents felt that the best corporate gift they could receive was food. The survey also found that 60% of respondents felt that having food in the office would make them feel more ‘valued and appreciated.’
The good news is you don’t need to be the size of Facebook or Google, nor is it expensive to provide free lunch for your employees. Whether it’s a daily or a weekly office lunch, employers can gain a lot from offering corporate catering.
Many of us sit in front of our computer monitors all day and ignore our colleagues. Until lunch time. A survey from Seamless found that 60% of respondents felt that meals provided by their workplace would encourage them to eat with their co-workers.
With a shift towards more collaborative cultures, catered staff lunches are a great way to build and reinforce bonds between people. Offering free office lunch can also facilitate conversations and team building between colleagues that otherwise wouldn’t interact. It can help foster creativity and new ideas that can benefit your organisation.
According to Peapod, 67% of survey respondents who have access to free food were ‘extremely’ or ‘very happy’ with their current job. And when staff are happy and morale is high, their productivity increases. This can result in a lower turnover of your workforce. If providing staff lunches can boost employee morale and build loyalty to your company, it may end up saving you money in the long run.
A happy worker is a productive worker and providing healthy catering can lead to better concentration, improved focus and memory.
Finding and hiring great people can be a challenge and giving your HR department as many perks as possible will increase your changes of snaring the best talent. Furthermore, some studies suggest that it can cost between 6 to 9 months’ salary to replace, train and on-board a new employee.
Providing healthy staff lunches can be a win-win for you and your employees. When your staff are happy and healthy, they will cost your business less. They miss fewer sick days and are more productive. In fact, employees with an unhealthy diet are 66% more likely be less productive compared to those who eat a healthy diet.
Providing a delicious, healthy working lunch can also help build awareness and lay the foundation for healthy eating. It can also help deter staff from making poor food choices and help with weight control and overall health.
Some businesses spend thousands on retreats, scavenger hunts, flying fox and treetop activities and other expensive team building exercises to try to keep their employees engaged. The good news is you don’t need to spend loads of money and time on these complicated activities. In fact, these efforts often backfire as employees don’t find them useful and may resent the time and energy consumed by the event.
We have found that the best way to build intimacy and bonds between staff and management is with food. A team lunch at least once a week is a great way to stay connected with each other, improve company culture and build a stronger team.
For new hires, food is a great way to get in and be part of the team straight away. The best part about staff lunches is that unlike team building activities like flying foxes or hikes may require some level of fitness or coordination, sitting together and eating is easy for everyone to participate in.
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There are so many benefits to be reaped by providing a weekly staff lunch. It’s affordable and an easy way to show your employees you appreciate and value them. To get started, speak to the corporate catering experts at Order-In. Whether it’s pizza catering, burgers, a roast chicken platter or salad, we have a wide range of curated staff lunches to suit your needs and budgets in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.