A business day can become something people look forward to with some delicious food from your local suppliers. You don’t need to spend a heap of resources on expensive retreats and gifts for your employees. Sometimes, making your staff happy can be as simple as arranging for staff catering services to organise croissants and yoghurt for breakfast or providing corporate lunch catering at work.
According to a recent survey, 41% of respondents felt that the best corporate gift they could receive was food at work. 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 corporate catering for your employees. Whether it’s a daily or a weekly office occasion delivered to your workplace, employers can gain a lot from offering corporate catering.
Corporate catering has also evolved beyond just events. With many people working from home, corporate catering can be snack healthy care packages to send to anyone isolating. Or even a way to keep a regular filled pantry or regular staff meal plans.
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 a team lunch event provided and organised by their company 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 food can also facilitate conversations and bond building between colleagues that otherwise wouldn’t interact. Catered office meals can also help foster creativity and new ideas that can benefit your company.
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 the solution is through a catering team provide staff lunches in boosting 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 office catering can lead to better concentration, improved focus and memory. Work life can become more complete with deliveries of fresh and quality food from friendly staff from your local corporate caterers.
Our friendly catering experts are the best of local corporate catering businesses around you. EatFirst's platform has diverse offerings from simple snack care packages, to sandwich platters, sushi, hot dogs, vegetarian and vegan options and most importantly dessert and even a cheeky margarita. There is something for any event and cater for everyone's dietary requirements.
Finding and hiring great people can be a challenge and giving your HR department as many perks as possible will increase your chances 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 team corporate catering in the office can be a win-win for you and your employees. When your staff are happy and healthy, they will cost your company less. They miss fewer sick days and are more productive. In fact, employees with an unhealthy diet are 66% more likely to 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.
Starting a new job can be daunting, getting used to the company and meeting your colleagues. For new hires, corporate catered events is a great way to get in and be part of the team straight away.
The best part about staff catering lunches is that unlike team building physical activities may require some level of fitness or coordination, sitting together and eating is easy for everyone to participate in. From Mexican to Indian catering, there are loads of quality and delicious cuisines to try every week or month that encourage the team to eat together.
There are so many benefits and aspects to be reaped by providing corporate catering at your business regardless of the occasion to. It’s affordable to and stress-free way to show your employees you appreciate and value them.
To get started or more information about offering complete catered meals for your workplace, speak to the corporate catering experts at EatFirst or get a free quote online.
Whether it’s pizza catering, Mexican catering, burgers, healthy Vietnamese catering like rice paper rolls, or a roast chicken platter with salad, lunchbox catering, breakfast or morning tea, we have a wide range of curated staff lunch menus and plans to suit your needs and budgets for Sydney Corporate Catering, or Melbourne and Brisbane, we have great options Australia wide.
EatFirst is more than just food. We are about bringing people together and really providing a platform to showcase your awesome local caterers and suppliers. Find out about us here and work with us to make your next office event unforgettable.