The Way to an Employee’s Heart – Food?

Posted on March 20, 2013 by Maggie Coffey

Guest blog author: Maggie Coffey, marketing intern for Hireology

Inc. magazine recently published an article about improving employee morale. The author, Suzanne Lucas, suggests feeding your employees does just that – by boosting morale and making them happy.

When I told my coworker I was going to write a blog post about the article, she laughed, assuming it was just a bad joke. But really, who doesn’t look forward to a delicious meal?

Offering food, whether it be catered lunches, a stocked kitchen or a pantry full of snacks can be a huge selling point. It’s sounds funny, but think about it – wouldn’t free food pique your interest in a company?

My friend recently accepted a new position, and one of the perks of working at the company was that they get a Peapod delivery of healthy snacks each week. Or you can go the more cost-effective route and do what my company does – offer free Starbucks coffee and tea in the kitchen. Trust me, free coffee can do wonders for a company.

Lucas makes a good point – buying your employees’ lunch is a budget-friendly way to build culture and encourage employee engagement. So rather than going straight for those teambuilding camps to “improve” company culture, why not start small – such as with food!

Seamless, an online ordering system similar to GrubHub, conducted a survey of 1,100 people; the answers to the five, food-based questions were surprising. Yet, going back to my assumption that most everyone looks forward to a good meal, it seems the results make sense.

Seamless reported the following survey results:

  • 60 percent said having food at the office would make them feel more “valued and appreciated”
  • 45 percent said the availability of free lunch would strongly influence their decision to accept a job offer
  • 60 percent felt company-offered meals would encourage them to eat with their colleagues at the office
  • 40 percent said having food in the office would reduce stress
  • 41 percent explained food was the best corporate gift

These results go to show that employees don’t expect their employers to go above and beyond. All they need is a little love. Recognize their achievements, encourage creativity and feed them – that’s how you build the core of a company culture.

To view the rest of Seamless’ survey results, click here.

Maggie Coffey

About Maggie Coffey

Maggie Coffey, marketing intern for Hireology (www.Hireology.com), a web-based selection management platform that provides customized interviews, job profiling, and one-click background checks to help you hire the right person. When Maggie is not writing blogs about millennials and company culture, she is going to school full-time at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Hireology, a web-based selection management platform that provides customized interviews, job profiling, and one-click background checks to help you hire the right person. Start your free trial at www.Hireology.com today!

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