Crunchy, tasty, and highly nutritious. Carrots are a particularly good source of beta carotene, fiber, vitamin K1, and Vitamin B6, which is involved in the conversion of food into energy. A full salad contains all that... and more. Today, organizations look at ways to incentivize and encourage their employees to lead better lives, and soon enough, to return to their workplaces, and while HR departments might dangle many carrots to encourage their employees, it turns out, a literal carrot might just be the best way.
It's no secret that employees who are well taken care of perform better. A happy employee is a productive employee, and what could make employees happier than a free lunch? Many companies are starting to see the benefits of providing their employees with a program that offers, healthy and convenient lunches. Not only does this improve employee wellbeing and wellness, but it can also help reduce stress levels and promote collaboration. In this blog post, we will discuss some of the benefits of providing employees with lunch, as well as some tips on how to do it effectively!
Call it a perk, benefit, or incentive… a carrot by any other name, providing lunch (particularly a healthy one) is one of the best programs you can introduce at your company to improve workforce, culture, and ease into the return to work.
The Huffington Post reports that, on average, employees spend around $21 per week on lunch. That's over $1000 a year! If your company is providing employees with a lunch allowance, that's great news. But even if you're not, there are plenty of ways to provide lunches for your employees without breaking the bank, and Canada's first Virtual Food Court might be it!
"The Virtual Food Court is a web-based platform that connects employees with local restaurants that will deliver healthy, affordable meals to their workplace." This innovative solution offers employees a variety of meal choices and allows them to customize their orders however they like. And the best part? It's affordable! With no delivery, service or additional charge you usually see on delivery apps, your employees will save up to 54% of what they pay for residential food delivery.
Healthy employees are productive employees – A nutritious lunch can help boost energy levels and improve productivity throughout the day. In fact, lunch breaks are just as important, a study conducted by Live Science showed that tough mental tasks can cause more fatigue than you might realize. Participants were asked to exercise, and those that had first expended mental energy on a challenging task stopped 15% earlier than those who didn’t. Heading into the afternoon, you can count on having less energy if your morning was consumed by difficult work.
We all know that lunch is an important part of the workday. It's a time to take a break, recharge, and refuel. Not only that, but it's also a time for employees to socialize and network with one another. By providing employees with lunch, you're not only helping them stay healthy and productive, but you're also promoting teamwork and collaboration.
We listed the top 9 reasons why you should introduce a subsidized food program at your company:
Are you an HR leader, or responsible for your people, talent, or culture at your organization? Talk to us to learn how other companies are enabling a lunch program at their workplace with Virtual Food Courts, whether you pay for, subsidize in part for meals or have not set a budget for office lunches... A Virtual Food Court might be just the thing you need!