According to research from HBR, companies see 100 percent more job applications when they have engaged employees and a positive workplace environment. And oftentimes that happiness can come when food—even free snacks—have improve morale and employee happiness. It also makes for happier and more content employees when you provide them with nutritious meals to fuel their brains and spirits.
According to an infographic from Cactus Soft, 50 percent of workers will eat lunch entirely alone while 62 percent will eat lunch at their desks and continue to work while eating. Encouraging people to get away from their desks for a bit and socialize with other employees will also keep productivity up and will provide them with a much-needed break that can fight fatigue and potential depression. People need some rest and can’t just continue working nonstop without any breaks, so these lunch breaks can actually help spark inspiration and improve workflow.
The act of physically sharing a table and eating with others creates a sense of community amongst coworkers while creating a collaborative environment with employees. It’s the sign of a healthy home and can also be equally indicative of a healthy workplace. A whitepaper from Seamless said, “By all accounts, sharing a meal and breaking bread with others is one of the most basic social experiences.” The act of sharing a table and talking while nourishing yourself creates a special bond.