Workplace food – a vital ingredient for workplace success
In the same way that eating together brings families closer and provides enjoyable social occasions as people dedicate time to talking and bonding, encouraging employees to take time out of their busy working day to meet and relax over a delicious, nutritious workplace food offering also brings many business benefits.
Eating pleasant food can make people happy and brighten their day. Finnish researchers proved in a 2017 study, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, that eating prompts the brain to release “feel good” endorphins.
Most of us spend a significant amount of time at work so being happy and wanting to come into work is important, while establishing a positive connection between employees is crucial for building strong teams. Bringing staff together for team breakfasts, lunches, suppers and healthy snacks encourages colleagues to socialise one-on-one and in groups. This, in turn, can improve employee engagement, motivation and increase collaboration. It has even been seen in the post pandemic working from home preference to encourage staff back into the workplace.
A healthy, balanced, fresh and nutritious food provision, that has the flexibility and variety to suit different types of jobs and working patterns supports physical and mental wellbeing, energises people, and boosts productivity. Taking important breaks and destressing while eating a good, enjoyable meal combats fatigue and burnout, keeps energy levels high, and makes staff more productive. Knowing that they can get a quality, value-for-money meal in a clean and ambient environment takes away the stress of having to think about preparing food and storing it at work.
Food can also be a great way of celebrating local cultures and sharing cultures with people from different backgrounds. Creating a sense of togetherness and showing teams that you care about them and value them through workplace food reflects a positive company culture and can also provide a key differentiator in a competitive job market.
AM Food aims to work with businesses that want to make contract catering:
- a central focus of their staff wellbeing strategy
- a key pillar of their productivity
- matched to the unique needs and differing demands of their workforce
We provide innovative solutions that put people and their wellbeing at the heart of workplace food to make your business better.