5 Benefits of Free Team Lunches
The important role food plays in building committed teams
We are living in truly extraordinary times. And now it is more important than ever to ensure that our team remains engaged, productive and motivated. Whilst due to obvious health and safety related concerns (this article is being published in February 2021 when we are in a third UK lockdown) companies are not able to invest in team building activities outside of the workplace, there are still viable and proven options you can consider. One of those is providing an opportunity for the team to eat together.
Proven and tested
2015 study from Cornell University highlights the relation between eating together as a team and team productivity & performance. The findings form the basis for research and practice that focuses on ways firms can enhance team performance by promoting eating together.
In his article for Forbes: "The Key Role Food Plays In Building Team Spirit" Adi Gaskell advocates that opening the lunch hour up and inviting people from outside of the office, for example potential candidates, can have great benefits in getting to know one another in a more relaxed environment.
Harvard Business Review brings up the same study to point out that "companies would do well to think carefully about investing in and facilitating where, when, and how employees eat at work."
Some of the best performing companies around the world, Google being a leader in that aspect, provide free lunch opportunities for all their employees. But it is not just about free lunch that would be consumed at your desk. It is about bringing the team to eat together, to socialise, talk, exchange ideas, jokes or concerns in a comfortable and relaxed environment. What benefits we can expect from that? Here are just 5 of them, I am sure you will be able to think of more based on your own experience.
1. Better team retention
2. A closer team
3. Accessible leadership
4. Increased productivity
5. Positive ROI
Schedule your team lunches with Kidbay Parties
Kidbay Parties offers a range of corporate catering solutions, all with 5* rating and quality. Together we can develop a well balanced and engaging team meals, cooking classes, cook-offs, pop ups, lunches, dinners and drinks that will fill your company's social calendar in the most delicious way. Drop us a message or call +44(0) 7828507061 to start the discussion.