A workplace experience is about attracting and retaining top-tier talent. The truth is that the top-tier workers do the best and the most work. Yet, many companies do a terrible job of finding and keeping them in an ever-evolving world.
When we think about the perfect workplace experience, what comes to mind? For some, it may be fellow employees playing volleyball in a sand court just outside the office doors. Or perhaps we think of employees sitting around on bean bags brainstorming ideas and finding solutions to problems in an open office environment, similar to what you’ve seen in documentaries about Disney’s Pixar. It may even be attending a board meeting!
It would seem that while the current corporate café serves the purpose of feeding those always hungry staff, it can also serve a larger purpose of being an area to gather and be social. We think about so many tech industry cafes now. They are cool, fun, and even colorful (literally), offering exciting food options.
The global economy runs 24/7. Enterprising companies are leveraging unused office space like never before.
A great company culture is crucial for attracting and keeping top talent. Ensuring that employees are engaged, in turn, also makes your customers happy. It takes time to build or change company culture, and your café can be an effective tool in shaping your company’s culture.
At Guckenheimer, one of our objectives is to support our clients who want to reduce their reliance on animal proteins for the sake of the environment and the health of their employees. To accomplish this goal, we instituted the Culinary Institute of America & Harvard T H Chan School of Public Health’s Menus of Change strategy, which aims to reduce the amount of animal proteins in entrees and incorporate more fruits vegetables, nuts and seeds while still providing delicious meal options our clients and their employees love. Although our strategy has been a success, it hasn’t always been an easy road and we have learned a lot in the process.
Employee benefits are one of the best tools you have to attract top talent. These benefits can come in many different forms, such as salaries, health insurance, travel reimbursements and more. However, one employee benefit that has been growing in popularity in recent years is the free or subsidized meal program. You can invest in this particular benefit by offering on-site meals to employees for free or at a reduced cost. Some employers are even providing gourmet meals in a designated employee cafeteria, essentially eliminating the need for employees to bring a sack lunch to work or leave the building for meals.
Establishing food service for a corporate environment goes beyond simply setting out to nourish employees with excellent meals. A great corporate food service provider should also support your company culture with personalized daily menus, direct engagement events and an overall focus on helping you achieve your business goals.
Corporate cafes are only as good as the food service providers that operate within them. However, hiring the right food management company can be challenging, especially if you aren't sure how to compare your options effectively.