Now you own the company Or, “Why I brought in Canteen and never looked back”.
As every schoolchild knows … ‘An army marches on its stomach’ this phrase attributed to Napoleon (and Frederick the Great apparently) is of course all about eating. And while you may not be a five star general you are the head of your company and that gives you quite a bit of corporate and social responsibility. (Yeah you knew that).
So, if you were working for you, would you be happier sitting at your desk eating a turned up cheese sandwich or sitting in a purpose built, supercool, on-site, high street-esque dining room eating freshly prepared delicious food and drinking a rather good cup of coffee?
Yep, and so would your staff.
Human Resources Or,
“Why I brought in Canteen and keep looking forward.
Our specialist skill isn’t HR but we’ve taken the time to understand the role of HR Managers and Directors basically by talking to them face to face.
We know that your role is often a difficult one; you must balance the needs of staff with the requirements of the business. You’re looking to recruit the best and keep the people you’ve taken the time, expertise and expense to get. It’s more than likely a given that happy staff don’t leave, contribute more and act as ambassadors for the company. And it’s also pretty likely to be true that higher wages don’t simply make for happier staff. So, where to go?
Canteen offers staff a real, actual benefit. Not only is Canteen a very pleasant place to eat lunch, meet for coffee or just hang out, it can often be thought of as a bit of an oasis, especially if your company sits in the middle of a large, featureless trading estate. Canteen is a room within the company but it’s not like being in the company. Staff get the opportunity to break away, eat good, nourishing well-prepared food, sit with a proper tea or coffee and return to work refreshed and revitalized.
It’s a bit of a stress buster, agony aunt, comforter and provider. Bit like HR then.