Want a happy workplace? Offer free food

Offering employees free food might be an easy way to keep them happy and productive.

In a survey of 1,000 office employees conducted by Peapod, a grocery delivery company, only 16 percent of workers report having access to free food at work.

However, those who are offered snacks on the job report higher levels of job satisfaction than those who aren’t.

While 56 percent of those polled overall reported being “extremely” or “very” happy at work, 67 percent of those at jobs with free food reported such levels of satisfaction.

Millennials were the most likely to cite free snacks as an important job perk. For companies that seek to make the workplace a home-away-from-home, where employees socialize as well as work, a well-stocked kitchen makes employees more appreciative of the office and pushes them to mingle over food with coworkers.

“It helps employees be more excited about coming to work,” Beth Monaghan, co-founder of InkHouse, a company in Connecticut, told USA Today after her office began providing workers an assortment of goodies, including organic fruit, soda, chips, cookies, a popcorn machine and a seltzer machine.

Also touting the benefits of snacks at work was Danielle Mahoney, the director of HR for Appeagle, a software company based in Hackensack, New Jersey. The office not only has snacks on hand, but provides free lunch and breakfast to its two-dozen employees.

“It shows a personal investment and that need to make sure that they’re happy here and they have everything they need to do a good job,” Mahoney said.

About the Author

Larry Hannappel

Larry spent 16 years with Century Casino’s and was instrumental in the start-up and growth of the company through expansions in Canada, South Africa, the Czech Republic, Poland and on several cruise ships as well as in Colorado. He was most recently the SVP, Principal Finance Officer and COO of North American operations for Century Casinos Inc., a multinational, Nasdaq-traded gaming company. Earlier in his career, Larry worked at the Johns Manville Corp. Larry spent 13 years in various accounting and finance functions in the company’s fiberglass manufacturing division and was key in the start-up of a molding plant in Indiana. Larry and his wife Kathy and three children live in Colorado. He enjoys four-wheeling, motorcycling, golfing, skiing and brewing beer.

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