As companies begin to have more people in the office, it’s become a best practice to order food for the team. This keeps teams in and safe and also brings a little excitement to the middle of the day. Catering of individually-packaged meals is the future of office lunch.
3 Reasons to Treat Your In-office Team to Lunch
1. Boosts Morale
A 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. This is heightened by the pandemic. People’s lives are a little more stressful, so generate excitement with some free food!
2. Increases Company Productivity
It’s been shown that happiness is positively correlated to productivity. A study by Warwick University found that people were 12% more productive when they were working happily. As we noted above, food plays a factor in happiness — eat good, feel good, PowerPoint good!
3. Stay in, Stay safe
Keeping the team in the office during working hours can help keep the whole team safe. By limiting the locations each team member needs to go to for lunch you can reduce potential exposure events.
5 Tips to Safely Provide Catered Lunches
1. Individually Packaged Meals and Utensils.
No more shared trays! When ordering, ask for individually packaged meals and utensils.
2. Email The Menu To Your Team.
Send the day’s menu around to your team beforehand and then collect their orders. This will limit the lingering and handling of multiple meals, especially while team members are viewing the selections to choose what they want.
Ask for each meal to be clearly labeled with the name of the menu item and its dietary information. Make sure you arrange like-meals together for easy grabbing.
4. Establish A Drop-off Location.
When the food is delivered ask to meet outside or at the door. Bring a cart or means of transportation for your team’s meals. This can reduce the number of delivery personnel in your office.
5. Get Feedback, And Get Good Food.
Keep a spreadsheet or send around a simple form to hear what the team thought of each meal. If the food is what the people want they are won’t opt-out of catering to get their own food!
Have Some Fun With It — A Couple Ideas To Get Your Team Pumped:
Reward a sprint or team accomplishment with a special meal or surprise treats — everyone loves a surprise sweet, baked-good, or afternoon beverage. Many of your local restaurants can make this happen.
Set up a virtual “cafeteria”. Obviously, we can’t be all eating elbow to elbow right now, but schedule some time for your team to connect, talk, laugh, eat and let each other know when they have something stuck in their teeth. A desk Zoom-lunch can be fun if you get creative. Try having some trivia questions, riddles, or prompts to get the conversation flowing. What’s your most quintessential “high-school” memory?
With offices returning it will be important to implement food procedures that keep the team safe and excited. For those of you in the Greater Boston Area, Spyce could be a great option. Our super-advanced culinary tools will make every meal fresh, individually-packaged and personalized to the dietary needs of your team. Plus every meal comes automatically labeled so it will be easy for your team to grab and enjoy.
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Kale Rogers I’m a co-founder, a taste-tester, #1 fanboy and I work with Ops, Marketing, People & Culture, Finance, and Real Estate. I grew up in a small town in Oregon and found a passion for cooking while making great breakfasts and dinners alongside my mom. I came out to Boston for college and was able to start Spyce with 3 of my best friends.