Across cultures, sharing food is a token of goodwill and appreciation, and office culture is no exception.
An increasing number of Vancouver employers are providing food for their employees, and making it a priority.
Accessible nutritious snacks help workers stay happy, healthy and productive, according to Cody Irwin, founder and CEO of Natural Source — Healthy Office Snacks.
“Corporate culture and staff wellness are a hot topic these days,” says Irwin. “It’s amazing how much impact a well stocked kitchen can have. Employees feel valued and appreciated, and in return the company benefits from happier, more energized staff. The tech industry has embraced this and it’s now become standard in order to compete for top talent.”
Approximately 90 per cent of Vancouver office workers surveyed said that a daily in-office perk focused on their well
being would boost morale, agreeing it would “make them feel more valued and motivated,” Irwin says.
Imagine being able to walk into your office kitchen when hunger hits and grabbing a healthy snack from a wide range of frequently changing options — provided for free by your employer.
Natural Source is making this scenario possible by supporting their clients, like tech studios Mozilla, Plenty of Fish, and Kabam, to create and manage easy, impressive, and cost effective programs. Large or small, they have a solution for any size of office or budget; they can even consolidate your vendors as they also supply groceries and happy-hour beverages.
The company’s catalogue boasts more than 500 high quality natural products that are healthy, affordable and taste great. Popular favourites include organic fruit, veggie chips, trail mixes, energy bars, and smoothies, but they also pride themselves on carrying an assortment of snacks you’ve never heard of before — Sriracha banana chips anyone?
Many of their snacks are produced locally, and meet dietary certifications such as gluten free, dairy free, and vegan; they also meet the company’s all-natural guidelines, with no artificial colours, artificial flavours, preservatives, trans fats or high fructose corn syrup — just healthy goodness to fuel your hardworking team.
“An increased quality of life in the office is no longer a novelty, it’s essential to success,” Irwin says.