cost-cutting, reorganizing, and streamlining operations might help companies boost their bottom line, but profit-driven policies tend to ignore the most crucial factor in any company’s success: happy, healthy, productive personnel.
when employees are working at peak potential, the entire business benefits—and when workers are unmotivated, tired, and not fully present, the entire business suffers. that’s why so many companies are taking a sincere interest in employee health and wellness beyond providing health insurance benefits. and one of the easiest, most cost-effective strategies with the greatest return on investment is providing employees with a healthy catered lunch.
a recent study found that employees with unhealthy diets were 66 percent more likely to struggle with productivity than employees who regularly consumed vegetables, fruits and whole grains. treating your workers to a healthy catered lunch of gourmet sandwiches and salads might sound like a frivolous expenditure, but statistics don’t lie—the productivity gains are well worth the expense.
it’s no surprise that productivity tends to suffer the most in mid-afternoon—a condition called post-lunch hypoglycemia saps away precious energy. one way to circumvent this afternoon energy void is to eat a lunch rich in healthy fats like nuts, olive oil, and avocados, ingredients that are available in abundance on big front door’s lunch catering menu.
afternoon fatigue is bad enough, but missing a whole day of work (or more) can derail or delay important projects and result in stressful catching up once the worker returns. providing your employees with healthy catered lunches that are chock-full of nutritious veggies, lean roasted meats, and fresh house-made dressings and sauces can inspire them to make healthier eating choices on their own. and that can result in a healthier lifestyle overall, fewer sick days, and as a bonus—lower health insurance costs in the long run.
aside from the obvious morale boost of a company-paid lunch, providing employees with an opportunity to come together for a shared meal leads to invaluable communication benefits. chatting with people from other departments builds relationships, boosts collaboration, and inspires ideas and innovation. who knows—perhaps a conversation over a healthy sesame chicken salad or gourmet caprese sandwich will spark a million-dollar idea or cost-saving measure.
the time your employees spend driving to a restaurant or deli, waiting in line, and driving back to the office deprives them of the opportunity to rest and recharge during their lunch hour. it also makes them more likely to take longer lunch breaks. in-office catering allows your team members to get the most out of their lunch hour so they’re rested, recharged, and ready to get back to work sooner.
if you’re looking for new ways to boost your company’s bottom line, reduce employee turnover, and eliminate the detrimental effects of afternoon fatigue in the office, try offering healthy catered lunches to your employees on a regular basis. at big front door in san diego, our menu has a variety of fresh and delicious salads, sandwiches, and sides to satisfy a full range of dietary needs and preferences. www.bfdsandiego.com/contact.htmlgive us a call today!
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