A journey through inspiration: Xiomara Battle's story

Posted by Shelby Scholze on 2020-06-18 11:33:00

 

There are many paths that lead us to our passions. Some people take the opportunity to make their passion their profession, doing a job that feeds their ambitions and inspires them. ISS Guckenheimer Catering Sous Chef Xiomara Battle has made her passion her career at a client site in Boulder, Colorado.

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How Food Impacts the Workday

Posted by Edith Clogg on 2020-02-27 12:15:00

 

We all know the feeling. Your belly is grumbling, patience is wearing thin, you’re tired, unmotivated and cranky. The feeling is so common a phrase has been coined to describe it – “hangry”. A combination of “hungry” and “angry”. And it is indeed a real thing, a biological response to the stress induced by hunger.

Let’s look at the ways employers can can take positive steps to get the very best out of their workers - starting with the impact that hunger has on your day.

 

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How the Workplace Can Make or Break Your New Year’s Resolutions

Posted by Aleya Harris on 2020-01-29 12:30:00

 

Rules are made to be broken, and resolutions are created to fail. Or are they? The statistics would say yes. Forty-five percent of Americans make New Year Resolutions and eight percent of them are successful in reaching their goal, according to the Journal of Clinical Psychology

Are broken promises to ourselves really the best way to start off the New Year?

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3 Reasons Why Your Company Needs a Health and Wellness Program

Posted by Aleya Harris on 2020-01-21 12:15:00

 

Thanks to research done in recent years, corporate health and wellness programs have been shown to provide far-ranging benefits to both employees and their companies when designed in the correct way. Programs that offer resources to support healthy decision making on the job--like nutritious lunch options, group exercise opportunities, and smoking cessation programs--address workers’ healthcare needs in both the long and short term: daily steps toward healthier lifestyles collectively constitute leaps away from sky-high healthcare costs incurred through preventable illnesses. 

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Beyond Food: Creating a More Enjoyable Employee Dining Experience

Posted by Aleya Harris on 2019-11-12 18:32:53

 

There’s a lot more to enjoying a meal than just eating good food. If that was the case, every dining establishment would be takeout-only. In fact, all the many non-food aspects of dining can add up to create an experience that’s bigger than the sum of its parts — leaving you feeling not just well-fed, but more relaxed, mindful, and connected.

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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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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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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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