There are numerous ways to increase employee morale and productivity, but an inexpensive option is to provide your staff with office catering or to stock the kitchen with snacks. A recent study by Peapod of 1,000 full-time office employees found that while 55% of respondents were “extremely” or “very happy” with their jobs, the stats dramatically increased to 66% when free food was provided by their company.
Providing food for the office can go a long way in improving and increasing employee morale, which in turn can have some great results that will benefit your bottom line.
Below are some reasons how you can increase employee productivity in the workplace and why providing corporate catering or snacks for your employees can benefit your business.
Increases collaboration and builds connections
Lunch catering allows employees to get together and start to form stronger and more positive connections with each other. They’ll start to communicate, interact and build relationships with people from other departments. Conversations between people who wouldn’t normally interact could illuminate areas in your business you didn’t know were there to begin with, or generate new ideas.
It’s a great way for staff to recharge
We all need breaks at work, but not everyone takes one. It’s estimated that more than 50% of employees eat lunch at their desk every day, with the excuse that they’re “too busy” or it’s just “easier”. It’s important for productivity (and their sanity), that employees take a break and offering free lunch, whether it’s once a week or once a month, gives your staff that much needed time to re-energize, recharge and refocus for the rest of the day.
It can boost morale
Providing employees with free food can boost morale, according to a Glassdoor survey, and a happy employee is a hard working employee. A recent study found that happier employees are 12% more productive. Now that’s a win for everyone!
A healthier workforce
A healthy employee is more productive and is sick less often. Through your choice of food and office snacks, you can also create and promote a healthy food environment in the workplace. It’s often too easy to grab a quick lunch that’s unhealthy and carb-heavy, but with the right lunch ingredients that are balanced and healthy, you can boost brain power by as much as 20% and accomplish more at work!
Having a healthy and balanced diet during the work day can help:
- Boost concentration
- Lifts mood
- Combat fatigue and helps you stay alert
- Improve memory
- Increase employee engagement and morale
Besides corporate catering, why not consider purchasing a corporate coffee machine for your staff so they don’t have to waste time leaving the office and waiting in line? In addition, there are many other benefits of coffee. It helps focus your mind, it can improve morale and creates a positive workplace culture.
Providing breakfast is also another great way to increase productivity. It’s the most important meal of the day and many studies have shown that concentration, focus and memory are higher if you eat in the morning.
Interested in offering office catering for your staff or looking to stock up the kitchen pantry? Speak to the friendly corporate catering staff at EatFirst today on 1300 851 900. With access to over 250 corporate caterers, we’ll tailor a solution that meets your needs.