Food is a powerful tool for businesses that some companies have already taken note of. While you may think it’s just a gimmick that companies like Google use to get millennial talent through the door, there are actually many more benefits to offering your employees food than you might think! At MUNCH:ON we created Perks because we know the importance of eating well during the workday (whether that’s at home or in the office). We’ve listed three ways feeding your team can help your business.
1. Boosts productivity
The World Health Organization (WHO) recently reported that eating lunch can boost productivity by up to 20%. We all need food, no matter how busy we are, to keep our energy levels up, our minds focused, and our brains sharp! You know that mid-morning slump just before it hits noon-ish when all you want to do is crawl back into bed? That is your body telling you to eat! A substantial and nutritious lunch can power the second half of your day, increasing your productivity as well as the quality of your work. By ensuring your employees have access to a nutritious lunch daily, that is easy to schedule and at little or no extra cost to them, they’re more likely to take a lunch break and be more productive for the rest of the day. (And no, coffee is not an adequate substitute!)
2. Improves employee health
It should come as no surprise that people who eat healthy meals regularly are less prone to falling sick. Of course, this is also coupled with other healthy lifestyle habits like getting 30 minutes of exercise a day, but eating regular healthy meals is a step in the right direction. By offering your team access to nutritious meals they are less likely to skip lunch or opt for the quick, greasy, fast-food alternative. That means they are more likely to have the nutrients and energy they need to fight off those common colds. With fewer sick days a year and better productivity in general your business will be getting the most out of all of its employees optimizing time and money for your business.
3.Reward & Incentivize
Offering your team a free (or partially subsidized) meal shows that your company cares about the health & wellness of its employees. It’s also a great way to incentivize your team & show them you appreciate their hard work. While it’s true that companies offer free food to help them to stand out from competitors and attract top talent, it is also a great way to retain the talent you already have.
While other office perks are nice to have, food is a necessity for your employees and helps them, and therefore the company as a whole, perform at their highest. A full and healthy team is a happy team, after all. If your company is thinking about offering meals to your team, reach out to [email protected] to see how our Perks service can help you. We can fully customize to whatever you require so reach out and let us know!