After years of working from home, we are slowly transitioning back to in person work. As your office makes this shift, consider how you are rebuilding connection, trust, creative collaboration and fostering healthy lifestyles for all staff.
Research has shown that speaking with coworkers, in person, is good for you. Face-to-face interaction releases hormones in your brain which boost your mood, improve trust and increase your ability to learn and remember.
My best ideas come from stepping away from my desk, allowing my brain to shift things up a little. Add in a conversation with a co-worker while boiling the kettle to make a cup of tea, or on walk to the office kitchen to grab a piece of fruit and now I have ideas, combined with a conversation to push the ideas further. When we encourage these connections we create opportunities for greater productivity and creativity.
Enhance Mental Well-being
35% of all employed Canadians indicate they are burned out. One way to combat mental health and burn out is through a feeling of connection. Providing a workplace kitchen with gourmet coffee, fresh fruit, healthy snacks and a place for people to gather and connect will support people struggling with mental health issues and burn out. It’s obviously not the only solution, but it does bring people together and lend support.
Recently in the UK, a leading health and diet expert argued that eating cake at the office is as bad for your health as second-hand smoke. Offering staff fruit and healthy snacks is a great way to foster overall health and well-being in your office. Transition away from cake and donuts, to fruit and nuts. goodfood2u can deliver these healthy snacks to your office weekly.
Personally, I thrive when I feel valued, as I think this is true for most of us. Working in a place that makes me feel valued is really important to me. So does positive and constructive feedback, and little things like great coffee, vegan milk options, and organic fruit. For me it’s like arriving in a fancy hotel. Those little touches make me feel valued and a wee bit special. As companies fight for employees right now, don’t we want to make sure all our employees know they are valued!?
By having a well-stocked office kitchen you offer employees an opportunity to stay focussed, by not heading out for 20 minutes to go get a coffee down the street.
What are you waiting for? Start ordering your office’s coffee, tea and snacks options from Ottawa’s goodfood2u. Delivering to greater Ottawa since 2006, goodfood2u can bring you whatever it is your office needs!