Several months of lockdown and isolation can cause damage to our psychological and mental health. Mental health challenges are expected to be far more commonplace in the post-COVID-19 world, and they can have a significant impact on employee productivity and engagement. As companies discuss the possibilities and solutions associated with re-entering the workplace and welcoming people back, they must consider the stress and anxiety the recent pandemic has put on their workforce.
The ways we live, work and play have all changed. Offices, schools, restaurants, malls and event venues are all having to adjust the way they operate in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. In an office space, new processes and procedures are in place to protect the employees that occupy these spaces. The way employee dining spaces are operated and managed will have to undergo a variety of changes.
Employee cafés experience a high volume of traffic – people picking up lunch, colleagues taking a coffee break or those who enjoy socializing in the café. In typically crowded spaces such as corporate dining areas, food service providers and their clients are taking a closer look at updating cleaning and hygiene practices to provide employees and food service teams a safe place to interact.
Many of us are doing our part during this challenging time by staying home and limiting our social interactions. Though many offices and buildings have shut their doors for now, our food service teams have remained committed to creating a positive experience for our clients and their employees.
There are many benefits to having a gender-equal workplace. Among these benefits, it allows organizations to hire and retain top talent, build a healthy organizational culture, and increase competitiveness by being a better representation of the customer base.
A gender-equal workplace is one where all employees are treated equally regardless of gender; have equal access to rewards and opportunities; receive equal pay for equal work; and have equal access to all organizational roles.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.