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3 Reasons to Offer Catering to Employees on Campus


If you run a business on a corporate campus, you might be wondering if there are any major benefits to catering meals for your employees on campus. Generally speaking, when a corporate campus caters for employees, they provide options for breakfast, lunch, and sometimes dinner for employees who work late. These catered options come from a menu separate from the usual cafeteria menus and must be ordered in advance.


To get a catered meal, employees can order from a separate menu and the kitchen staff will prepare and cater a variety of meals directly to meeting rooms and individual offices.


You’ll find that most large corporations cater on campus for their employees, and here are three reasons why.


  1. Private events generate business revenue

Although you’ll cover the bill for standard catered meals, from time to time, your employees will host events on campus for special occasions. For instance, they’ll host retirement parties, celebrate promotions, birthday parties, and holiday celebrations. These events will require food and feeding everyone will be easier when employees only need to order from the kitchen on campus.


If you’re trying to figure out how to make catering cost-effective, consider that each time an employee hosts a private party on campus, that’s potential revenue for your business. When you provide catering options for private parties, employees are more likely to host their parties on campus, knowing it will be effortless to provide the food.


Catering for private parties eliminates the search for a venue

There’s another reason catering can generate revenue by encouraging employees to host and cater their parties on campus. Say your employees need a venue for celebrating a retirement. If they can host the party on campus after the work day ends, they won’t have to find a venue. Not having to pay for a venue can also leave money to hire a jazz trio to provide cocktail music, for example.


Entertainment is a crucial part of every party, but having live music requires significant space that most business campuses provide perfectly. As a bonus, many professional bands enjoy performing at professionally catered events because they tend to be more organized.


Having catered food, a free venue, and space for entertainment will pretty much seal the deal for employees to host their parties on campus, which means more revenue for your business.


  1. Corporate catering boosts company culture

Company culture influences how employees feel about the company, their supervisors, and their coworkers. When you can improve company culture in any way, you’ll automatically see a boost in employee morale and productivity. One of the best ways to accomplish this is through corporate catering.


When your employees have a central place to gather and connect over food, they’ll start to form deeper relationships and may even become friends outside of the office. By providing the food free of charge to employees, they’re more likely to stay on campus and spend time connecting with one another.


  1. Corporate catering helps employees manage their time

Time management is crucial for maintaining productivity, but the need for food can disrupt everything. Even when employees have set lunch breaks, getting a meal isn’t as easy as it seems. Catering helps employees manage their time around their meals.


Most employees will be looking at the clock just waiting for the minute they can head out to get lunch. However, if you don’t have food options on campus, your employees will need to drive to the store or get takeout food from a nearby restaurant or fast food place. This is where time management can get tricky.


Sometimes restaurants are slow, fast food places have long lines, and traffic jams make it hard to get back to the office on time. When employees have to spend the majority of their lunch break traveling to get their meal, they’re more likely to return to the office late.


When you provide catering options for your employees, they won’t need to leave to get lunch. You can offer a menu that works for everyone’s dietary preferences and lifestyle. For instance, you can offer vegetarian and vegan selections as well as a variety of cultural meals to keep everyone’s taste buds happy.


Catering will benefit your employees and your business

At the end of the day, catering for your employees will make them happier, encourage deeper connections between coworkers, and can be a revenue potential for your business. If you haven’t considered corporate catering, try it out for a couple of months – you’ll almost certainly find that it will change your business for the better. 


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