Skip to main content

Managers, Just Offer Job Applicants a Pane Sandwich Already

If you had two job offers on the table, which company would you choose: the one that offers free food, or the one that does not?

A new employee survey from ezCater tells us that more than two-thirds of employees would bite at the job offer from the company that feeds its employees!

Hey, we can't all work at Google with its organic cafeterias, fleet of colorful bicycles and interview questions even its former CEO can't answer. Then again, Google is in California, where the produce is always fresh because that's where it's grown. Whenever I visit California, I go to the grocery store with the express purpose of standing between the oranges and nectarines to admire their perfect symmetry and lack of bruising. The produce there is, quite simply, incredible.


But back to the ezCater survey of more than 1,000 employees. Good coffee is a good perk, apparently! Nearly one-third of employees surveyed said their employer provides food at least once a month to employees, but nearly half said nobody delivers food to their office, well, ever. In other words, let them eat cake!

Good Food Makes For A Good Meeting
Why would an employer want to provide food when it's a bottom-line cost and could lead to potential allergic reactions? Every office has a food critic, too.

Well, chew on this, managers: More than three-fourths (76%) of employees said meetings are better attended when there's food, and two-thirds (66%) said having food provided saves time in their workday! The vast majority (90%) agree that food keeps customers and prospects happy, while more than three-fourths (80%) agree that food is what lures people to meetings. In fact, verging on two-thirds (61%) said offering food at meetings makes it easier to close a deal!

I have written past blog posts that support such findings. Takeout and food delivery service Seamless surveyed nearly 1,100 full-time employees a few years ago and found free food was the deciding factor in getting one-third surveyed to show up for meetings they otherwise would avoid like the plague! However, one-fifth (20%) needed to know what was on the menu first before making their final decision whether or not to attend.

If you're going to offer free food, just make sure the quality of the food matches the quality of the company's interview questions. Surveys from the bowels of the Great Recession found that many employees were noticing a big decline in catered sandwich quality. Employers went cheap on everything from catered breads to meats to chips to save a little bit of money, but they paid a quiet price in office morale.

So if you want to put your money where your corporate mouth is in 2017, then order the high-quality sandwiches with the good cheese! It could be the deciding factor for talented job candidates juggling multiple job offers. Stick a fork in this blog post, it's done.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Seven Tips For Dealing With A Jealous Co-worker

Look at you, doing so well at work! We're so happy for you. Well, most of us are happy for you and refuse to spend the entire work day talking behind your back. Let's talk about how to handle our jealous co-workers!Like every other professional, you've no doubt experienced your share of failures and successes. Lately, however, things seem to be going your way at work. And how! Perhaps you've managed to ace an important project this quarter, been instrumental in landing a huge client, earned some well-deserved rewards for this and that, or -- egads! -- been given a slight promotion or additional work responsibilities (e.g., the work responsibilities you actually want).You're quietly chuffed, but somehow your co-workers seem none too pleased with this rapid turn of events. Oh no, what should you do now?It's a workplace tale older than the disjointed last season of Mad Men. The playing field in the department was even, cozy and overall very friendly -- until so-an…

Is Your Co-worker Always Late For Work?

You've started the workday, but where is your co-worker? Oh, she's running late again, just like yesterday. And the day before. And the day before that. Let's get an early start on solving her tardiness problem, shall we? Working with someone who is consistently late is one of the most annoying aspects of office life, and also one of the most common, unfortunately. It's a universal theme of the workplace that everyone will get to work on time (give or take a few minutes...) except for the employee who is egregiously late nearly every day. And the excuses can get pretty amazing. Employees became more punctual as the Great Recession lingered, at least according to surveys. Everyone, that is, except for your able-bodied but habitually-tardy co-worker. It's bad enough dealing with tardiness when you're a manager, but it can be even more frustrating when you're a rank-and-file peer without any magical "shape up or ship out" managerial powers. So you…

How To Handle Farting At Work

Nancy Grace farted on national television. Or was it a tummy grumble? Either way, viewers heard it and now it's gone viral.



Which brings up an interesting question: How should you handle embarrassing bodily malfunctions at work?

We all fart, we all get stomach gurgles, we all burp and hiccup, and usually at the worst possible moments. Maybe you "sneezefarted," meaning you sneezed so hard you let one rip at the same time. So awkward and embarrassing. Whatever happens, it's how we handle these situations that counts. The first and trickiest step is whether or not to acknowledge the obvious. Rule of thumb: the more obvious the bodily malfunction, the more you should just own it. If you fart in a staff meeting and everyone heard it, point the finger at yourself (or have someone pull it) and have a sense of humor about the whole thing. Maybe you shouldn't have had those Cajun rice and beans. Yes, feel free to reference lines from the Russian Unicorn if you must. Throw i…