Office lunch is a hot topic. It has the potential to be a delicious part of the workday, but it also has the potential to be a real headache for whoever is in charge of organizing it. People are particular about what they eat!
Lunch is a necessary part of the workday, and can be an efficient way to sneak team building in. A Harvard study of firefighters found that eating lunch together was not only great for team building, but also improved work performance significantly. Firefighters’ collaborative behaviors as much as doubled when their team ate lunch together versus when they ate separately.
Forget freshman 15 – the real occupational danger to our health only begins after graduation. Long days in the office, sitting in front of a computer for hours and subsisting on rushed lunches of fast, convenience foods, can lead to weight gain, depressed immune system and mood, and burn out, among other problems.
Lunch meetings are everyone’s favorite kind of meeting, because food makes everything better. That is, unless you’re the admin in charge of planning it. Deciding where to order from and what to order is harder than ever, given all the different allergies, intolerances, diets, and food preferences we have to.
Millennials are both the largest generation of Americans and the one with the greatest influence on modern work culture. They have changed, and continue to the change, the landscape of many industries, including the food industry. Favoring automating tedious tasks and investing their time in creative endeavors instead, millennials are three times more likely to order food delivery than their grandparents.
Diets are a dime a dozen and many pass out of public interest as quickly as they came. The Keto diet, however, was no flash in the pan. Promising fast weight loss, trim waistlines, improved mental clarity, and elevated energy levels, all while encouraging the generous consumption of bacon, cheese, and cream, it’s no wonder that the diet is so popular.
Office lunches are a great way to build relationships at the office, boost morale, and keep your team productive and happy. That said, employees’ varied diets and diverse food preferences can make planning a healthy office lunch a logistical nightmare.