Creating a Versatile Space with Your Cafeteria

Posted by Aleya Harris on 2019-10-30 19:05:04

 

In an age where strong corporate culture is a powerful employee retention tool, the workplace cafeteria is undergoing a major facelift. No longer just a site of simple nourishment, cafeterias have been reimagined as spaces that can deliver serious ROI in the form of worker productivity and happiness. 

In fact, recent studies show that communal, well-designed cafeterias can reduce absenteeism, improve morale, and enhance team-building. They can become fantastic places to not only eat, but also to relax, socialize and collaborate. It’s quite possible that the next million-dollar idea may arise from a conversation over sandwiches and coffee.

Here’s how to turn your cafeteria from a snack bar into a versatile space that encourages productivity.

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Food+Thought: Top 5 Quality Carbs

Posted by Edith Clogg on 2019-10-21 20:00:37

Are you looking to light a fire of energy every morning? To cruise into the office on full power, ready to start the day? If this dreamscape scenario has been on your wish list for too long, it could be that you aren't fueling your body properly in the morning. Our bodies’ preferred source of energy comes from glucose, which is supplied by carbs in the diet. But before you try to rationalize that sugar-bomb 20-ounce, frappa-something in your hand, remember the cardinal rule when it comes to fuel: Quality Matters.

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Exploring the Trend of Cashless Cafes

Posted by Aleya Harris on 2019-10-14 11:00:00

 

Digital technologies are becoming more deeply embedded in the fabric of our daily lives, including how we pay for our work meals in the corporate cafe. Long gone are the days when cash was king. Today, most cafes accept electronic payments like credit cards and mobile payments. Some are even choosing to go cashless, and analysts believe this trend will accelerate as tech solutions in business become the norm.

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Health Hacks - Ancient Grains

Posted by Jen Bruning on 2019-10-07 15:24:42

 

In ancient times grains provided reliable nutrients and vital energy to humans.  The advent of agriculture led to a more stable food environment, allowing humanity to flourish.

Cut to today, when humanity produces abundant food, available 24/7 to many of us.  Grains are everywhere.  And while some foods made from grains aren’t the healthiest choice, many whole grains are packed with texture, flavor, nutrients and health benefits.

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Successful Food Service Trends for the Modern Employee Dining Program

Posted by Aleya Harris on 2019-09-30 16:07:03

 

In today’s tight labor market, every organization is looking for ways to stand out. From flexible vacation policies to pet-friendly offices, company perks are an expected part of the workplace.

One of the best ways to attract (and keep) talent is by offering healthy and delicious dining options. Thoughtful touches like fresh squeezed juice, premium coffee, organic produce, and meal prep services are just a few of the options that employees are finding in their company cafe. One industry report says 48% of respondents would consider the snack options of a company when considering taking a new job.

Smart companies with modern employee dining programs are capitalizing on this by staying on top of the latest trends. Here’s what a modern employee dining program looks like, the latest trends to watch, and how to choose the right one for your company.

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Why It Pays to Splurge on a Company Event

Posted by Aleya Harris on 2019-09-23 15:58:52

 

The food service business is, above all else, a people-driven business. Behind every delicious food item lies an effectively managed web of relations, running from the executive suite to the farm to the service floor. When these relations are fostered within a positive, rewarding company culture, the benefits are tangible.

Higher quality products are put on the catering table, and innovative dining services are offered to the public. One proven way of strengthening company culture is through events.

What Is a Company Event?

A company event can be defined as a gathering that is sponsored by a company for its employees, business partners, clients, and/or prospective clients. An event can be large and hosted at a convention hall; or it can be a small, intimate affair like a meeting or holiday party. An event can be serious and instructional, or laid-back and fun.

Other examples of company meetings include trade shows, retreats, incentive programs, sports events, company milestones, board meetings, and shareholder meetings.

When planning an event, it’s important to keep company goals and directives in mind. Ultimately, every company event should serve to improve productivity.

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Warning Signs: Is it Time to Rethink Your Food Service Partner?

Posted by Lisa Welch on 2019-09-16 17:27:58

 

At Guckenheimer, we always like to think of a new year as a new beginning. Even if you're totally satisfied with the way things are going for your business, it's always valuable to stop and reassess things from a critical perspective. Only then will you be able to confirm whether you are truly headed in the right direction, or if you became a victim of complacency without realizing it.

This is especially true of your food service partner, which will directly impact the long-term success of your employee food programs. Even if you think you're satisfied with your current cafe, things might not be as straightforward as they appear. There are a few key warning signs in particular that you'll want to watch out for, as they can indicate that it may be time to rethink your corporate dining program on a larger scale than just swapping out menu items moving forward.

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Red Light, Green Light: Innovative Labeling Program Leads To Healthy Employee Choices

Posted by Edith Clogg on 2019-09-09 15:14:00

 

Everybody’s got to eat, and statistics show that today’s modern workforce spends about half of their waking hours at work. This means that potentially half of the meals they consume within a week are, or could be, provided by onsite dining services and other corporate food providers.

But with onsite convenience, comes the temptation to eat whatever is quick and tasty. Given that most workers keep a tight lunch break and only have a short amount of time available to make eating decisions, they need fast and convenient solutions to encourage optimal eating choices that empower them to maintain a healthy diet and encourage job satisfaction.

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Health Hacks Back to School Fuel

Posted by Edith Clogg on 2019-09-03 18:44:19

September brings the start of the school year for many families. If you are a parent or caregiver, you’ve likely tackled the back-to-school list: new back pack, school supplies, a lunch box…but how about what goes in that lunch box? Healthy eating is essential for children’s growth and development, but did you know it is also tied to their higher academic success, well-being, and self-esteem? I’m Jessie Groth, a Registered Dietitian with ISS Guckenheimer, and today on Health Hacks, we’re hacking Back-to-School Fuel.

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What Are Plant-Based Protein Foods?

Posted by Bill Billenstein on 2019-08-26 19:48:42

 

People are paying more attention to what they eat and making smarter food choices for themselves and their families. For some, that means reducing or eliminating animal protein from their diet.

It’s a conundrum that leaves corporate dining services that focus on providing healthy alternatives to companies with the need to shift their thinking. Learning to rethink their use of animal protein in favor of plant-based protein is the key. What are plant-based proteins?

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