Corporate dining helps inspire teamwork

These top companies share how their dining programs effect their employees.

Sept. 30—Envision a large staff dining room enveloped in sunlight, overlooking an expansive terrace with picnic tables, colorful shrubs and flowering trees.

When Hertz relocates its headquarters to a new $68 million campus in Estero, Fla., south of Fort Myers, its approximately 700 employees will enjoy breezy views from the third-floor cafeteria. The cafeteria will accommodate hundreds of diners or could host an international webcast for all employees at a moment's notice, said Richard Broome, executive vice president of corporate affairs and communications for Hertz.

It's part of an effort by some of the country's more recognizable companies to make employees' mealtimes a much more pleasant experience.