Many people have a tendency to work too much or too little and find it hard to reach a balance between the two. Modern workplaces are finding it increasingly important to promote a healthy and balanced work culture, including providing free corporate lunches.
Redefining Work-Life Balance
Often times we think of the “life” component as disconnecting from all work-related things once you have left the workplace. This means taking care of personal responsibilities, spending time with family and friends, reaching personal goals, and partaking in personal interests without tending to work phone calls or emails.
On the other end, the “work” component means excluding all areas of your personal life from work. Work means handling professional responsibilities without taking personal phone calls or errands.
But what if we redefined the work-life balance to be more fluid. Creating a more merged equation allows us to be free and flexible to prioritize what is most important that day, whether it be work or life. Work-life balance no longer has rigid boundaries between the two. Taking a fluid approach between both entities ensures less stress.
Employers are Taking Creative Measures to Ensure Work-Life Balance
Many organizations are finding the importance of ensuring that their employees have healthy and happy overall lives. This often times means allowing employees to take care of personal matters while at work and ensuring schedule flexibility.
Employers are offering many life-related perks such as dry-cleaning pickup and delivery, exercise facilities, and childcare services. Employers are also finding it important to give people the time off that they need so they are not led to burnout. This can include unlimited paid time off and extended maternity and paternity leave. Schedule flexibility and the option to work remote is another popular perk.
Corporate Lunches as an Employee Benefit
There are many advantages to providing a free lunch to employees that benefit both employees and the employer. Free lunch can become more than just a perk. It can boost your company culture, moral, and the productivity of your team.
It benefits employees by freeing up time they would have spent either making lunch ahead of time or fighting the lunchtime rush to get a quick bite to eat.
Lunch is a great opportunity for small but meaningful conversation. Catering a lunch to employees fosters company culture and promotes employees building relationships with coworkers that aren’t solely work-related. This allows employees to bring their full authentic selves to work which is imperative for employees to feel comfortable and ultimately doing good and productive work.
Enjoying a relaxing and worry-free lunch with coworkers is a great step towards fostering a work-life balance. The interpersonal relationships that are formed during a shared meal develop strong bonds and good company culture.
If you aren’t yet providing lunch for your team, consider it! Start by providing lunch catering once a week through Rivers Edge Catering, Portland’s favorite corporate caterers. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the return on investment.