Workplace Cafeteria: What Your Employees Want

Last updated: August 7, 2020

If you are anything like me, I plan even the smallest of events.

I plan what I am going to wear the next day. I plan most of my day ahead of time. I even have a rough idea of what I am going to make for dinner, but I never plan what I am going to eat for lunch.

Do not ask me why I single out the lunch-time part of the day, but I do and I know I can’t be alone… 

The whispers of, “What am I going to eat for lunch,” or the “What do you think I should have for lunch,”  invade the office at times.

I’m totally on the same boat! 

Sometimes you just don’t have enough time to plan in advance what you’re going to eat, so it is nice to have options at work.

Workplace cafeterias are extremely desired for simply one reason, convenience

Convenience

Here is what Small Business Chron had to say about a workplace dining hall,

”Employees don’t always have time to prepare brown bag lunches at home and want the ability to buy lunch quickly and efficiently. A 2010 study by Right Management showed that around 20 percent of employees either skip lunch or eat at their desks. Being able to buy lunch at work and eat in an on-site restaurant-style setting helps employees get the most out of their lunch hour. Workplace cafeterias also save employees gas money, especially those who must drive a distance to find eateries.”

The Quality of the Food

Healthy eating is something that has become more common.

We see it promoted more and more, but it has become especially popular in the workplace.

Many companies now have wellness programs where they promote a healthier lifestyle.

Some employers provide salad and fruit bars, smoothies and things of this sort while others such as Google and Microsoft offer a variety of international dishes.

The quality of the food is important, because if you promote healthy food then you are more likely to have employees who are awake and energetic during the day.

On the other hand, depending on what you offer, your staff may feel sluggish and sleepy. Oh no! 

Pricing

Usually when we save on convenience, we increase our cost in some form.

Who wants to overpay for food? Not me!

Here’s what Small Business Chron had to say, “Employees want low or reasonable prices and don’t want to overpay for the convenience of buying food in the workplace cafeteria. The drive to keep prices low prompts some employers to subsidize, meaning pay a portion of, and employee cafeteria purchases. Raising cafeteria prices could lower employee morale, and in some cases, cause employees to boycott the cafeteria.”

Written by

Marlene Cosain

Marlene Cosain

Marlene started with Abby Connect 7 years ago as a receptionist and was won over by the culture and care the company has for its employees. The minute she took her first phone call, she fell in love with helping people. Since then, Marlene has been a pivotal piece of growing Abby Connect – having been a long-time leader in hiring, training, developing, and managing the receptionist floor. Outside of work, Marlene and her husband also run an online retail business. Marlene’s personal mission as a certified Life Coach and as an Abby Way Co-Director is to inspire, empower and educate others in the Abby Way.

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