As companies bring people back to the workplace, ordering food has become a common best practice that encourages teams to stay in and stay safe. For many offices, this is the first time that food orders are being placed on a regular basis (rather than just for one-off meetings and events). Here at Catering by Bryce we want to make sure to cover all of your needs.
Have you been tasked with ordering the food for your workplace? Fear not. We have tips for you.
Tip 1: Safety First
During COVID, office safety is obviously on everyone’s mind. To promote a healthy lunch hour, there are several things that should be included on your checklist when you place your food order: Rather than buffet style trays, ask your food provider for individually wrapped boxed lunches (you’ll be surprised how delicious they can be, when ordered from a quality restaurant).
Ask for individually wrapped utensils and condiments.
Ask for individual wipes (many restaurants are providing these).
Have hand sanitizer readily available nearby
Set up social distancing floor markers near the area where people pick up their food
If crowding is a concern, you might want to consider assigning time slots for when people pick up their meals.
Order good food! Yes, this is actually related to safety. If you provide food that people will Tip 3: Keep Budget in Mind
When considering your budget, it can be helpful to think of lunch in terms of cost per person. Of course, cost per person can vary greatly depending on the type of event being hosted or the restaurant providing the food. Your manager or an executive should be able to provide guidance on your allotted budget or per-person budget.
For safety (limiting exposure), cost, and general headache reduction, group orders are better than ordering from multiple providers.
It is the natural rhythm of life to fall into a routine. Lunchtime is no different. When ordering office catering, it is especially important to keep cuisine types diverse and fresh! By surprising and delighting employees, you will keep employee engagement high and leftovers to a minimum. Catering is a welcome change for many employees, especially those who bring their lunch to work every day. Even so, if you are ordering from the same three restaurants each week, even office catering is bound to get old.
These considerations can put you ahead of the curve when it comes to ordering food, from office-wide catering to small lunch meetings, and anything in between. Although simple, these factors are often missed when putting together a catering order, which lead to larger than necessary headaches down the road. Follow these tips to keep your employees excited, engaged, and looking forward to work!
And while you’re at it, check out Catering by Bryce. It’s the perfect way to have meals for your entire office delivered at once, gives employees the ability to pick their own meals, and lets employers subsidize all or part of each employee’s order.