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Why you should surprise your employees with a catered breakfast

Leigh Gallagher, the assistant managing editor of Fortune, calls out free food as one of a number of “power perks” which produce happier, loyal employees. So it’s no wonder that there are a ton of good reasons to surprise your employees with a catered breakfast. In case you’re still on the fence, we took a closer look at the positive outcomes of starting your day with an office breakfast.

FOOD MAKES PEOPLE HAPPY

Ultimately, if employees get perks like free surprise meals – at any time of the day – employee satisfaction increases. When we introduced our own food program here at Seamless, complete with surprise snack attacks and spontaneous pancake breakfasts, our employee satisfaction score increased by nearly 9%. Worksphere also conducted a study about workplace happiness, and had similar results – around 30% of respondents said the availability of food throughout the day contributes to their workplace happiness.

FOOD MAKES PEOPLE WORK HARDER

We’re all familiar with the consensus that “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” – and scientists have put a lot of work into proving the statement true. According to Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, “Breakfast provides energy for the activities during the morning and helps to prevent that mid-morning slump.” A free breakfast starts the day off on a positive note, AND helps your people to power through ‘til lunchtime.

FOOD IS SOCIAL

By gathering employees together with a catered breakfast, you’re giving your teams chance to interact and mingle – which, according to Forbes, has long-term benefits. “Socializing with your coworkers is essential for your career,” says Alexander Kjerulf, an international author and speaker on happiness at work.  It’s a great idea to provide a social space to sit and eat, rather than having employees return to their desk. It allows different teams to get to know each other better, and facilitates better communication going forward.

 FOOD IS MEMORABLE

One unexpected benefit of providing free catering is that it gives your employees bragging rights, and improves your company street cred outside of your business, too. We’ve certainly noticed that our teams are posting on social media about catered events, and it makes others want to work with us.  Karen Miller, Seamless VP, People, says: “every candidate wants to know what it’s like to work at Seamless, and undoubtedly our food program is now a big part of the answer to that question.

So, ultimately, the reasons are clear – through a gesture as simple as providing breakfast for your team, you can boost morale, productivity, communication and reputation in a single shot.  And when you order through Seamless, it’s easy to find a host of delicious and healthy breakfast options to suit all of your employee appetites. One thing’s for sure: they’ll thank you for it.

 

[1]‘The Power of Perks’ by Bruce Shutan. Incentive Magazine, March 18, 2013
[2] “Does Incentivizing Employees with Free Food Actually Work?” Fast Company, September 3rd, 2014
[3] “How Much Coworker Socializing is Good for Your Career?” by Jacquelyn Smith, Forbes, September 24th, 2013