Onsite Frequency and Meals
their onsite dining location
2-6 times per week
Onsite dining services for employees have varied over the past several decades, from cafeteria-style dining rooms to food halls and banks of vending machines to autonomous convenience. But in the past few years, the options have expanded considerably. Companies are offering employees everything from catered lunches to hot breakfasts to local food trucks.
When you invest in onsite dining amenities, you reap eight leading benefits.
Employees that seldom eat fruits, vegetables and other low-fat foods at work are 93% more likely to experience increased loss in productivity, according to a study. Health-related employee productivity losses account for 77% of all productivity losses and can cost employers two to three times more in annual healthcare expenses.
Companies should strive to create a workplace where healthy foods are easy to find. Making even small changes in dining amenities can help encourage employees to make healthier food choices.
Unfortunately, just 24% of employees strongly agree their organization cares about their wellbeing, according to a Gallup study. When it comes to physical wellbeing, it means ensuring your workers have the energy they need to do their jobs well.
Employees that feel cared for are 69% less likely to hunt for a new job, 71% less likely to report burnout and five times more likely to become an advocate for their employers.
Disengaged employees are 3.8 times more likely than engaged employees to say that the culture is a reason for quitting their jobs, according to a study.
Organizational culture is a mix of several components, including how people communicate, the way employees are celebrated, and how employees are rewarded and recognized. One area that can have immediate impact on organizational culture is onsite dining amenities. One shoe manufacturer, for example, added new menu items during cultural events, including Diwali, Hispanic Heritage month and Black History month.
U.S. workers cite free food as one of the top five persuasive perks to enhance recruitment and retention, according to Robert Half. With an increasingly challenging labor market, this could easily be the most important benefit of having a robust onsite dining program. Another survey found that 67% of full-time employees are very or extremely happy with their current jobs when offered access to complimentary meals.
With this in mind, one manufacturer decided to create a loyalty card program that gave employees a free breakfast after purchasing 10 meals.
Along with employee retention, employee recruitment is top of mind for employers as the hiring crunch continues. Organizations are discovering that the best way to keep their positions filled is to improve their workplace. And one of the leading ways to do that is to create a dining program that has a ‘wow’ factor.
Achieving this goal requires making a commitment to innovation in dining. For example, create unique dining environments that meet the needs of a changing workforce. Also, take time to deeply understand your employees and create a custom dining program based on their exact needs and wants.
In the 1940s, three researchers made a unique discovery. They found that physical space is an important aspect of collaboration as well as lasting friendships. In our post-pandemic world, workers tend to desire collaboration above all else, because it was something they lost during the shutdown. Creating a dining venue that encourages collaboration can help rebuild connections which can help employees bond, work together more productively and spark innovative new ideas that benefit the company.
Sustainability is an important goal for businesses. Both consumers and employees have high expectations for their employers and the businesses where they spend money. Having an onsite dining program is a great way to showcase your commitment to sustainability. It offers multiple opportunities to both improve the planet and your employees’ expectations.
Not only does an onsite dining program offer multiple soft benefits, such as hiring and retention incentives, cultural enhancements or productivity boosters, it can also add an additional source of income to an organization’s bottom line. Opportunities to generate revenue increase when you’re operating from a deep level of dining experience. This helps you avoid pitfalls and optimize opportunities.
As businesses evolve their dining programs to meet greater employee demands, including a hybrid workforce, the dining programs look different from one organization to the next. While one company may offer their employees boxed lunches so they can eat on the go, another company might be hiring local food trucks to prepare special lunches for employees one day every week. Onsite dining options are nearly limitless.
What dining concepts and supportive services will help you achieve your organization’s business goal for a hybrid workplace? Find out by using our interactive tool! It can help you envision a better dining experience for your hybrid workforce by giving you ideas on how to take your program to the next level — such as adding social events or offering at-home dining opportunities.
Aramark Workplace Experience Group has been delivering exceptional dining experiences for years. Our corporate dining programs are custom designed to meet both your needs and those of your workforce.
Here are a few of the many benefits we bring to the table: