Considering that — according to new research — a whopping 80% of employees eat lunch at their desk, many believe that it is beneficial for employers to provide their workers with meals at no charge. Especially as doing so provides a whole host of benefits to employers, such as increased worker productivity and morale, as well as increased bonding between employees.
Employers — by giving their employees healthy and nutritious meals to eat every day — can be rewarded with significantly better job performance. Providing meals does this in the following three ways:
By Creating a Culture Centered Around Eating
Many companies spend lots of money attempting to build a stronger corporate culture and a better team. They do this by implementing such things as team outings and by going on company retreats. But a far simpler and less expensive way to do this is by providing meals. Eating meals, some people believe, can be a form of social activity, during which employees can interact with each other and engage in ways they would not normally do. Providing meals also gives people working in different areas of a company the ability to meet and build relationships.
By providing meals through a food service, companies can help their employees come together and bond, and become a better team.
By Increasing Brain Power Through Healthy Food
According to the World Health Organization, a healthy lunch can increase brain activity afterward by as much as 20%. This means workers will be able to accomplish much more work than normal, especially more than what they would be able to do after eating the kind of unhealthy foods that people often eat when they are under time constraints, namely fast foods.
By Using Breakfast To Power Up Their Employees
While data suggests that most companies do not provide their employees with a free breakfast, those who do can reap all sorts of benefits from doing so. This is because breakfast helps people get off to a good start in the morning. Providing free breakfasts also helps bring employees to work earlier, as now they do not have to buy or prepare breakfast themselves.
What’s more, a company purchased breakfast can not only provide workers with a big burst of caffeine, it can also provide them with nutritious foods to eat such as bananas, avocados and oatmeal. These foods are loaded with among other things Vitamin B, which can give workers more energy and improve their concentration. These foods can also replace the junk foods many normally eat for breakfast, such as doughnuts, which are well known for their ability to cause sugar crashes in the middle of the morning. Also, by providing breakfast free of charge, those who typically do not eat breakfast at all have no more excuses for missing it, and the lack of breakfast can decrease productivity greatly and cause people to lose focus.
In conclusion, increasing worker productivity does not always require high-tech means. It can be accomplished by doing something as simple and as low-tech as providing workers with food.