A strong company culture and team building initiatives are an undeniably important part of modern office culture. It's something business owners are constantly looking to improve in order to attract top employees.

Nevertheless, many suggest that some organizations' efforts have reached the point of absurdity, placing more emphasis on ping pong tables than basic employee support.

Encouraging internal collaboration and productivity doesn't have to mean skydiving excursions, thousand dollar vintage pinball machines or lavish team building offsites. Sometimes all it takes is something we all need, food.

The Power of the Team Lunch

Providing quality, healthy meals could do amazing things for your employees. Not only can it improve worker morale, it can also boost brain power by up to 20 percent, help prevent accidents and reduce healthcare costs.

Food perks can also help business owners stand out in a crowded and competitive job market. In a survey, 66 percent of millennial respondents said they would take a job at a different company if they were offered free food. Slowly but surely, the catered office lunch is making the move from perk to expectation.

Imagine a typical team meal delivered to an office. If you don't think of greasy pizza, you might picture overcooked pesto chicken or wilted Caesar salads served in bulk, complete with buffet trays.

Today, businesses have created more options, partnering with popular local restaurants where you may normally have an extended wait to get a table. This is the aim of next gen food delivery services. By using tech to streamline their processes, they're battling the assumption that you have to compromise quality for convenience. They're also making it easier than ever for business owners to navigate the $10 billion corporate catering industry from the palm of your hand.

Companies like Maple, Munchery and Ando have been reimagining the consumer-facing food delivery experience for years, delivering unique, high-quality meals hand-crafted by top chefs with the simple touch of a button.

Based in New York, Maple is an app and web based restaurant that operates at almost three times the delivery speed of popular fast foods chains. There are no tables, only talented chefs and bike couriers who provide customers with a daily rotating menu.

East Coast-founded Munchery employs the same principles, serving dishes from Michelin-star chefs that run you between $10-13, with an equal value donation made to local charities.

Momofuku's David Chang has adopted the same model with his new restaurant, Ando. It's designed to function just like any other restaurant in his famous chain with one notable exception: their app is your maître d' and your home is their restaurant. Order from the app, and UberRUSH takes care of the delivery.

Companies like Foodee and Zesty have taken this tech-first approach and adapted it to a slightly different end consumer: the modern office.

Vancouver-based Foodee has amassed a network of over 400 restaurant partners, which now extends into five cities in the United States. Instead of setting up their own restaurants in each city, Foodee partners with popular local restaurants and has a team of local food experts on hand for recommendations and custom menu planning.

Employees, especially millennials, want healthy, convenient and quality lunches. As a business owner, it's hard to ignore this trend. And the rapidly expanding catering industry means that your team lunch options will only continue to grow.

Ultimately, the goal of these services is to help businesses transform their boardroom into a restaurant. And let's face it: having your office temporarily transformed into a restaurant is a compelling reason to come to work in the morning.

Published on: Aug 29, 2016
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