- Employees have been through relative isolation
- Our restaurants are the social glue
- The importance of food in the workplace
While there are lots of positives about working from home, one thing that’s been missing is time spent with colleagues, many of whom we call friends.
In a recent Harvard Business Review article Alison Beard extols the virtues of having “True Friends at Work”, people with whom you can share ideas, advice, annoyances and jokes.
For many, the last few months have been marked by long periods of relative isolation. As we work with our global clients to support them in bringing their teams back to the workplace there is, of course, a focus on trust and safety. However, the world’s leading corporations are looking at how they can rebuild teams, re-forge relationships; and attract, retain and motivate the very best talent with an eye on some predicted tough economic times ahead – and the role food service can play in helping them do this. Our staff restaurants are the social glue that brings people back together, even with social distancing in play.
Right now, it’s worth remembering the importance food plays in the workplace. Eating together is a far more intimate act than sharing a document or a screen and that intimacy spills back into the workplace. Our 2020 Global Food at Work survey highlighted this again and gives demonstrable proof that workplace friendships yield more productive employees. Not only this, but employees with better friendships tend to stay with their company for longer periods of time.
We’re working with our clients to help them reshape their employee food offer to fuel the needs of more flexible working patterns, accommodating early breakfasts and healthy snacking throughout the day. And of course, coffee.
Talk to us about how taking a global approach to food service provision can play a part in building your teams. We’ll happily share our global experience, some evocative case studies of how we work with some of the world’s leading businesses, and the key findings of our 2020 Global Food at Work survey. Food for thought? It’s easy to start the conversation – contact firstname.lastname@example.org