No matter how much you love your job, there have probably been occasions (usually around that time just before pay day when you’re reduced to eating toasted cheese sandwiches) when you wished free lunches were included in your perks.
Staring at that solitary sandwich, it might seem like a pipe dream, but you could actually make a strong case for your company supplying lunch. After all, companies like Google recognise that feeding employees doesn’t only keep them fuelled, it also helps inspire innovative thinking by encouraging encounters with people who don’t usually sit near each other.
Once you’ve managed to convince the bosses that paid-for lunches are a good idea, you might want to look around for a little inspiration. And while you may not play in the same leagues as Google or Facebook right now, there’s no harm in aiming for the top, especially when it comes to lunch.
That’s why we’ve put together a sampling of employee lunch perks that are sure to leave you drooling on your keyboard.
Let’s start with the company that most people think of when it comes to free lunches. Workers at Google’s Mountain View headquarters can take their pick from 30 cafes offering a variety of meal options ranging from vegan to Indian and cheesy Mexican dishes. Whether you choose to be healthy or go the total junk food route, you can at least rest assured that you won’t go hungry no matter how much month you’ve got left at the end of your money.
Airbnb is one of a new breed of companies offering on-demand services. For many, it’s provided a completely new way of experiencing travel as well as a means for making a little extra money on the side. It’s also, however, an increasingly desirable place to work thanks to its “workplace as an experience” approach to employee engagement. When it comes to food, Airbnb’s healthy and tasty meals are made in-house. Oh, and employees aren’t restricted to lunch either, with the company providing three catered meals a day.
You might imagine that a file-sharing company wouldn’t have the most exciting approach to employee perks, but Dropbox staff have access to some pretty sweet benefits. When it comes to food, employees in each of its global offices have access to gourmet breakfasts, lunches, and dinners.
According to Business Insider, the food available at the various cafeterias in Facebook’s Menlo Park headquarters is totally amazing. While there aren’t quite as many options as there are at Google, workers at the social network can still enjoy food from 11 spots serving up Asian cuisine, burgers, and BBQ, among other things. Oh, and if you’ve brought lunch from home, but are feeling a little peckish, there are kitchens stocked with snacks around the campus.
This American printing company might not be able to compete with the world’s biggest tech companies when it comes to daily food benefits, but what it does provide is pretty cool. Twice a month, it invites food trucks to come and dish out street food goodness to its staff and also hosts a weekly food and drink social hour.
This American mortgage company has a café made out of a restored timber loft where it reportedly serves meals by chefs who’ve spent time in some of Chicago’s top kitchens.
Future Advisor is another company which doesn’t let the fact that it isn’t a household name stop it from providing top notch food perks. Rather than giving its employees meals to eat in the office, it buys its employees three meals a day worth of groceries.
Turns out the world’s most famous greeting card company has also thought beyond giving its employees meals at the office. According to MSN its employee cafeteria is stocked with meals for staff to take home.
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