FOOD & FITNESS / JUN. 01, 2014
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Can Food-Based Perks Make the Workplace Better?

Long hours, increasing workloads, and pressure to perform well in job roles are now common factors in workplaces. Employees are spending more time in the office than ever before, so much time in fact, that some workers could call the office that they work in their second home - it doesn’t hurt to have a few company perks here and there that make office life more bearable.

In light of this fact, GrubHub Inc. and Seamless Corporate Accounts’ annual Food in theWorkplace survey has examined the impact that company privileges like food-based perks has on employees and company morale. More than 1,200 full-time working professionals, aged 23-60, and who worked for companies with 20 or more staff members across various sectors were surveyed in regards to food-based perks and the following factors:

  • Job satisfaction.
  • Employee loyalty.
  • Employee retention.
  • Company morale.

Key findings of this survey revealed that employees thought that food-based perks would contribute towards forming a more positive workplace culture, and making them feel more appreciated in the workplace as well.

  • 50% of respondents felt that food-based perks would make them feel more satisfied with their employers.
  • 57% of respondents revealed that food-based perks like providing food or meal reimbursements for employees who worked weekend shifts or late night shifts would make them feel more appreciated by their employers.
  • 50% of employees thought that sharing meals with their co-workers would help to create strong working relationships.

Other findings of this this survey show that employees also felt that as the competitive driven nature for talent in the workplace is becoming more prominent, food-based perks are also becoming more important in the workforce as well. In regards to this, the employees that were surveyed indicated the following:

  • 28% of employees that were surveyed who worked for companies that did not offer food-based perks indicated that they would be happy to have them introduced in the workplace.
  • 41% of employees that were surveyed stated that if their employer did provide meals and food-based perks, they would not feel encouraged to accept a job offer from another company that didn’t offer the same benefits.
  • 38% of the employees that were surveyed said that food-based perks would make them rate their companies highly in a “Best Places to Work” survey.

Karen Miller, the human resources and corporate culture expert for Seamless Corporate Accounts, and the vice president of people at GrubHub Inc. stated that:

“As traditional eight-hour work day continues to extend, many companies are seizing the opportunity to demonstrate their appreciation by offering food-based perks.”

She also said that:

“Employee dissatisfaction can come with a hefty price tag for companies - providing perks, including food-based ones, can substantially improve productivity and employee satisfaction.”

In general, this survey has revealed that only 9% of the employees that were surveyed worked for companies that offered food-based perks. Another additional finding of this survey is that companies that do offer food-based perks could possibly boost morale amongst employees which is important in regards to recruiting new employees, and employee retention as well.

Karen Miller also commented on the relationship between food-based perks and employee retention:

“As competition for top talent intensifies, companies are creating inventive programs to differentiate themselves from competitors and to keep top talent engaged and satisfied. At Seamless, we’ve seen firsthand at how food-based perks has become part of our recruiting brand, creating a halo effect that has helped bolster retention and attract a pipeline of strong candidates.”

Companies that take into consideration the type of work environment and perks that they provide for their employees are productive, happy and healthy are more likely to have a positive workforce. Offering employees food-related perks and other benefits is a good way to foster a great working culture, and employee job satisfaction because it shows an appreciation for the workforce and the jobs that they do.

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