Eat, drink and be productive, say some Oklahoma workers

Food perks increase workplace happiness and foster teamwork, according to a recent nationwide survey.
by Paula Burkes Modified: May 11, 2013 at 3:22 am •  Published: May 12, 2013

Josh Harlow, an account executive with Oklahoma City-based Jones Public Relations, needed to go over logistics and heavy details with a client last week. So, the associates sat down together — at Kaiser's American Bistro.

“Sharing ice cream broke up the afternoon, and created a fun and collaborative environment,” said Harlow, a fan of Kaiser's Red Velvet Shakes.

Across town, Susie Hibbler, an embroidery specialist at Rookies sporting goods in Edmond, said her boss frequently cooks lunch for her and her other co-workers.

“It's great to have good hot food brought in, so we don't have to fight the lunch crowd and spend money,” Hibbler said. “It makes it much easier to stay on task,” she said, “and I think it shows how much we employees are appreciated.”

To Harlow and Hibbler, it's no surprise that a recent nationwide survey by food ordering and delivery service found food perks foster teamwork and increase workplace happiness.

About the survey

Of nearly 1,100 respondents who work for companies with 20 or more employees, 63 percent said companywide lunches would encourage them to eat with their colleagues. Sixty percent said they'd feel more appreciated and 45 percent said free food would strongly influence their decision to accept a job offer.

The eight employees of Moisant Promotional Products in Oklahoma City hold monthly luncheons — usually with a theme like Mexican, all appetizers or barbecue, owner Teresa Moisant said.

Moisant said the tasty tradition started two years ago after a staff member gave cookbooks as gifts. Some don't agree

by Paula Burkes
A 1981 journalism graduate of Oklahoma State University, Paula Burkes has more than 30 years experience writing and editing award-winning material for newspapers and healthcare, educational and telecommunications institutions in Tulsa, Oklahoma...
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