Corporate eateries across the country have come up with creative ways to keep customers engaged while on the job. From themed menus to unique site design, here are four ideas to consider implementing in your operation.
1. Offer in-house alternatives
Instead of tossing back cans of energy drinks, Airbnb employees are given an in-house substitute: energy-boosting beverages made from scratch by kitchen staff at the website’s San Francisco office. The drinks—comprised of hibiscus, green tea, yerba mate, lemon, lime, mint, ginger and organic cane sugar—are healthier than their manufactured counterparts and produce less waste.
3. Craft a fitting ambiance
When online marketplace Etsy upgraded to a new corporate office in June, staff took a cue from the company’s artsy mission, repurposing its old dining tables and installing them as decorations in its new Brooklyn, N.Y., space. The old tables were painted with designs and serve as a wall mural in the new cafeteria.
4. Add a pop of fun
Throughout the year, Airbnb’s foodservice staff spices up its offerings by creating themed menus around pop culture. A past Prince-themed menu included such items as “I Just Want Your Extra Thyme and Your…Grits,” while a Stevie Wonder Mother’s Day-themed menu served up “I Just Called Souflee I Love You.”