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The Business Benefits of Feeding Your Employees at Work

Published February 01, 2021 (last updated May 24, 2022) - NZ Operations Manager
employee happy after being feed by her employer

You cannot underestimate the significance of employees in your business. Employees are the most important resource without which your business cannot function. Therefore, it is crucial every employee is happy and satisfied to guarantee success. 

According to Forbes, employees are even more important to businesses than customers. Imagine having a strong market and customer base but lack the right people to meet and satisfy your customer needs – what would be the likely outcome?

Keep Your Employees Happy and Satisfied. 

Business owners have an obligation to show commitment to their employees. A good employer knows how to tap into every employee’s abilities and talent to maximize output. Perks go a long way in influencing employee behaviour, thus company success.

A happy and satisfied workforce will significantly impact your business positively. The right and attractive remuneration will keep your employees happy. However, do not underestimate the impact feeding your employees could have on your business

Feed Your Employees

Food is a sure way to get to someone’s heart and mind. A full stomach translates to a clear mind and a happy soul. Various studies show a positive correlation between employee morale and food provided at the workplace.

  • EAT Club’s Study

It pays greatly, especially in the long-run, to feed your employees. In an independent study by EAT Club, free lunches to employees had a return on investment (ROI), reaching 150 per cent. 

The study also established that 54 percent of well-fed workers were likely to stay at their current company, while 70 per cent were more likely to recommend their place of work as great.

According to the study, 60 percent of the participants would be more satisfied with some lunch. 49 per cent would focus on their work better and become more productive.

  • Seamless Asserts the Pros of Feeding Your Employees

Seamless surveyed 1,100 employees and established that 60 per cent of the respondents would feel more valued and appreciated if employers provided food at their places of work. 

Furthermore, free office lunch would influence 45 per cent of the people to work for a particular company. Feeding your employees might seem like an expensive affair. Let us convince you otherwise in this article and unlock endless benefits for your business.

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1. Job Satisfaction 

We acknowledge that it is not cheap to feed 40 or so employees. However, feeding your employees makes them feel more appreciated. This enhances job satisfaction. You are likely to retain them for a long time and build a strong human resource base.

2. Enhance Productivity 

Lunch breaks disrupt workflow at the office. Some people tend to leave early or come back late, eating into company time. Providing lunch reduces the disruptions caused by off-site meals. Individuals spend more time working. 

Food fuels the body. It boosts energy levels, making employees happier and more active. The result is higher productivity.

3. Better Teamwork and Collaboration

Food is always an enjoyable moment. Employees tend to work better when they take their meals together. Spending your favourite moments together invokes new ideas. Workers know each other personally, improving teamwork.

As an employer, why is it good to encourage your employees to spend time together over meals while in the office? Eating together boosts productivity, enhances communication, makes communication better, and strengthens the team-building process.

4. Increases Employee Loyalty, Thus Retention

The small and underrated perks, such as lunch, make people want to work for and remain at your company. Employees who are well-taken care of, in turn take care of the business well. As a small business owner, you can benefit from a pool of loyal employees who know all about your business.

Loyal workers will stick with you, saving you the hustle of employing and training new staff members every time. Retaining employees also helps you build a strong business brand, enabling you to attract the best employees in the market.

5. Enjoy Fringe Benefits and Other Tax Considerations 

Your employees’ well-being should be a priority. You will enjoy benefits by taking care of your employees by giving them lunch or free rides to and from work. 

You can enjoy tax write-offs when you provide food for your workers. However, legislation on tax reductions and reliefs varies among regions. 

Feeding Your Employees Is Beneficial 

We acknowledge that it might be difficult for small and medium-sized businesses to feed their employees every day. However, you can have weekly or fortnightly office meals to appreciate your workers. 

Providing meals at the office may boost job satisfaction, business productivity, enhance teamwork, and help you build a concrete brand with the best employees.

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