Growing PainsTuesday, 20 September 2011 16:28
Offering lunch to our team
We've written previously that we were planning to offer lunch and snacks to our team in Sydney when we moved into our offices in Surry Hills. We have offered lunch and dinner to our team in China for nearly two years now.
We've now been in our Surry Hills offices for nearly six months and we can definitely say that offering lunch and snacks is a well loved perk and has a positive impact on the culture within our office.
Our lunch regulars are Sushi on Stanley Street, Sydney, Madam Cha Cha, Grill'd, Zushi, Mad Pizza, Max Mex, Pie Face, Miss Chu and the newly discovered and amazing Arthur's Street Kitchen.
If anyone has any other suggestions for great takeaway/delivery lunch options in Surry Hills please let us know!
Snacks include healthy options like fruit and nuts, and the less healthy “DoughnutsFriday” where we get doughnuts from Krispy Kreme or pick up some deserts from Bourke St. Bakery.
Normally an employee would have to buy lunch out of their post tax income.
Our conversations now are a mix of personal and work related topics.
Our engineering and marketing/customer happiness teams work quite separately day to day and it would be easy for these two parts of the office to not intermingle. Lunch helps avoid.
More businesses should do it!
Michael Fox managed Google’s online sales and operations agency team for Australia and New Zealand before moving into entrepreneurship. He's a co-founder of Shoes of Prey, an online retail website which allows women to design their own shoes. He blogs in detail about the process of running Shoes of Prey at his blog www.22michaels.com.
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