Unique & Creative Menu Ideas For A Company Holiday Party

Unique Menu Ideas For A Company Holiday Party

Some people look forward to the office holiday party all year, only to arrive on the big day and discover limp Caesar salad and a chafing dish full of meatballs and mashed potatoes. Comfort food can be delicious, but the best parties will offer creative and delicious eats.

Ditch your traditional holiday party menu and check out these festive new menu ideas that’ll make your bash a truly memorable event.

A Holiday Tribute to Tapas

Tapas are small dishes traditionally served in Spanish bars. You don’t have to stick to Spanish food to do a holiday tapas tribute. Instead, focus on appetizer portions that pack big flavors.

The Summer-Meats-Winter Spread

Baby, it’s cold outside. Really, really cold! Treat your team to a tailgate themed meal in the dead of winter with hot dogs, brats, and coleslaw. Turn up the heat and ward off the December chill with a Caribbean style office lunch that will make people think of the beach, even if the ground is covered in buckets of snow.

Perfect Pairings

If your HR department is OK with office Christmas party ideas that involve a little alcohol, consider elevating the event with some thoughtful wine pairings. Set up several stations, each featuring a different dish (a carving station with roast beef and turkey, a pasta station, a table with chilled seafood and sauces) and a complementary wine. Guests can hop from area to area, seeing how their pinot noir brings out the sweetness in the cherry-glazed duck egg rolls, and you’ve managed to combine entertainment and a memorable menu.

Brunch Bites

Evenings during the holiday season can be tricky for families who have other obligations or who don’t have a regular babysitter. Opt for brunch instead and you can offer childcare in one room while the adults nosh on bagels and lox, potato pancakes and mini club sandwiches. Fresh-squeezed juice and coffee are must-haves; mimosas and Bellini’s are bonuses.

Dinner and a Movie

There are so many classic Holiday movies that we all know and love. Pump up the nostalgia at your holiday office party by putting together a menu full of movie-inspired recipes like:

  • Banoffee pie — Love Actually
  • Spaghetti (without the maple syrup!) — Elf
  • Macaroni and cheese — Home Alone
  • Christmas pudding — A Christmas Carol
  • Mulled wine — It’s a Wonderful Life
  • Peking duck —A Christmas Story
  • Hot chocolate — Polar Express
  • Roast beef — How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Feel free to make gourmet versions of those classic treats or make up your own movie-inspired.
Not all your corporate holiday party ideas have to break the bank, but you may be surprised at how much mileage you get out of an interesting menu.

Happy holidays!

10 Reasons To Host A Holiday Office Party

10 Reasons To Host A Holiday Office Party

If you own a business, throwing a holiday office party should be a yearly standard offering. Surprised to hear it? While it may seem like a holiday bash is a frivolous use of company money, that couldn’t be further from the truth. There are plenty of ways to honor both your budget and your employees’ desire to cut loose.

Here are 10 reasons why hosting a holiday office party makes sense:

  1. Familiarity Is Stress-Free Fun

Off-site venues present all kinds of potential problems. Where will everyone park? Is it handicap accessible? How about family-friendly? Is it centrally located? Keeping your holiday party at the office eliminates those wild cards and gives guests a comfortable setting in which to start their after-hour festivities.

  1. People Are More Likely to Attend

Employees who might find a strange or out-of-the-way location daunting won’t have the same hesitation about showing up for a party that’s being held in a spot in which they’re accustomed.

  1. The Rental Fee is Really Reasonable

You’ve already paid rent (or the monthly mortgage) for your office space, so why not put it to good use? The less you pay for an off-site venue, the more money you’ll have in your party budget for important things like food and a full-service bar.

  1. It Never Hurts to Network

Everyone is in a comfortable setting, the budget is under control, and you’ve used all the holiday office party ideas on the Internet to create a killer atmosphere. Now what? It’s the perfect opportunity for all your guests to mingle and chat, something that might be harder to do in a loud restaurant or distracting event space.

  1. It’s a Chance to Show Off Your Brand

Your employees already know about your company’s community service efforts and they see the evidence of your graphic design team’s awesome talents every day, but their plus ones don’t. Open your home base to new faces and you’re throwing a party that doubles as a subtle promotional event (emphasis on the word subtle).

  1. Reframing the Workspace Can Work Wonders

Few people are immune from an occasional case of the Mondays. No matter how cool your office is, working in the same cubicle with the same fluorescent light day after day can be draining. Turning those bland rooms into a stunning space draped in rich-colored fabrics, brightly decorated trees and plenty of snow-dusted garland lets them see the office in a new light—literally.

  1. You Can Choose Your Own Caterer

Whereas off-site event spaces often have binding contracts with designated caterers or mandate that all bookings use their own on-site cooking crew, using your own office space means you’re free to select the best caterer for your needs.

  1. You Won’t Have to Run Yourself Ragged

An off-site party means you’ll have to drive back and forth to the venue to attend planning sessions, help with setup and breakdown, supervise the third-party vendors, and so on. When your party is taking place just down the hall, you can oversee things without neglecting your other duties.

  1. A Big Bash Will Boost Morale

Want to lift everyone’s spirits after a rough year or get them revved up for the next one? They’ll get to see their supervisors as people, not just managers; and learning more about the people you work with is always a good idea.

  1. Your Employees Have Earned It!

Your hard-working staff is the reason your business keeps humming month after month, year after year. The least you can do—besides remembering to hand out their paycheck, of course—is treat them to a photo booth, a few cocktails and some really delicious food.

The Importance of Eating Breakfast for Improved Productivity

Morning Meal’s Impact On Productivity  

Is there any truth to the claim that breakfast is the most important meal of the day? The simple answer is yes, eating first thing in the morning comes with many benefits. The word itself tells you everything you need to know—it translates to:  breaking your fast. A lot goes on when you sleep; your body spends that time rejuvenating after a long day of mental and physical activity—and it does it all without any new fuel.

The importance of eating breakfast goes beyond eating just anything. What you eat matters just as much as when you eat it. Consider some facts you might not know about that critical first meal.

What Are the Benefits of Breakfast?

Eating breakfast improves concentration and memory throughout the day. Studies show that children and adolescents who eat a healthy breakfast are more proficient at problem solving and tend to have better eye-hand coordination. So why should it end in elementary school?

Breakfast provides those same benefits to adults on their way to work, but the perks go further than a boost in brain power. There is evidence that eating breakfast helps control hunger, so you are less likely to binge during lunch or dinner. The Mayo Clinic reports that people who take time for breakfast:

  • Get more of the recommended vitamins and minerals
  • Manage weight better
  • Stick to a low-fat diet
  • Have lower cholesterol levels

A balanced breakfast refuels the body by restoring glycogen, so you have more energy when you need it. The keyword here, though, is balanced.

 What Is a Balanced Breakfast?
A great foundation for a filling breakfast has whole grains, lean protein, healthy fats, and plenty of fruits and vegetables. What you don’t see on that list is sugary donuts, processed cereals or high fat breakfast meats.

Protein takes the longest for your body to digest, so it helps control your appetite for hours. Protein-packed eggs are a practical choice for a morning meal. Tack on good fats found in avocados over a whole-wheat English muffin, and you have a winning breakfast combo.

If cereal is one of your easy breakfast options, then focus on low sugar and high fiber offerings. Choose a cereal with at least three grams of fiber, low sugar, and around 160 calories.

Getting Serious About Breakfast

Who says that all sit-down events have to focus on dinner or that every business meal has to be a lunch? As healthcare reform shifts to wellness and prevention, businesses are seeing breakfast in a whole new light. Options like a breakfast catering service are becoming more common for consumers and businesses alike.

Adding a breakfast catering service to employee benefits could pay for itself in lower health insurance costs, fewer sick days, and better on-job performance.

Is a balanced lifestyle all about breakfast? No, but it’s a good place to start. What you eat in the morning can set your mood for your entire day, so why would you consider skipping it?


Stuck in the Happy Hour Rut? 5 Tips for Effective Team Bonding Activities

When planning team bonding activities, it’s easy to get stuck in the same old happy hour rut. The Friday happy hour is fun, but after months of doing the same thing, they stop having the same effect.

Creating opportunities for employees to connect outside of their regular job function is essential to maintaining a collaborative and supportive culture. That said, bringing together people — with different interests, personalities, and schedules — to “bond” is a tough, tough job.

The following guidelines are designed to help you create effective team bonding activities while relieving some of the inevitable headache involved!

 1) Divide and conquer

If I were in charge for planning all of our team bonding events at CultureIQ, we’d have a picnic every month. While I love picnics, they aren’t for everyone… every month. When the planning responsibility falls on one person, you’re more likely to do the same thing over and over again.

Instead, rotate the responsibility of planning company activities amongst task forces. This has a few key benefits: 1) the very act of planning an event together is a bonding opportunity; 2) it will result in a wide variety of experiences; and 3) the work and stress won’t fall on one person each time.

2) Shake up the silos

Your sales team knows each other plenty well. They travel together, sit together, eat together. But how well does Claudia in sales know Jim in operations? Probably not that well.

Team-building events are an opportunity to bring together individuals that don’t get to interact on a regular basis. However, when placed in an open room, people tend to gravitate to what’s comfortable, so cross-team socialization doesn’t always happen naturally.

To shake up those silos, plan events that deliberately group together individuals from different functions and departments. At CultureIQ, we hosted “The Culture Games,” during which cross-functional teams competed against each other in a series of competitive bar games (ping pong, shuffle board, etc.).

Other activities that are conducive to cross-functional bonding are bowling, trivia, lawn games, or anything with a healthy dose of competition!

3) Root it in your values

There is a difference between having values and living by your values, and many companies struggle to do the latter effectively. Using your values as inspiration for your team-building events is a great way to organically bake them into your culture.

For example, one of Whole Foods’ core values is “We Serve and Support Our Local and Global Communities,” so the company encourages employees to volunteer together — on a local level and a global level! This is a great way for teammates to live by their company values and to connect outside of their job functions.

One of the CultureIQ values is to “celebrate and enjoy the journey.” In honor of this value, a lot of our team activities are centered around celebrating wins — big and small — along the way. As an example, we had a ribbon cutting ceremony and champagne toast to launch our new brand at the beginning of the year.

Look at your values through a new lens, and get creative with incorporating them into your team bonding opportunities.

4) Ditch the “go big or go home” mentality

There’s no need to “go big” with every team building event. If that’s your mentality, then you’ll limit yourself in what you can do. You’ll have a lot more flexibility if you embrace the fact that not everyone likes to do everything.

One option is to empower employees to create smaller, interest-focused activities to get people together. Running club? Sure! Video game club? Why not!

Another idea is to break the company into small groups of five to ten individuals, and let them plan their own activity or event.

Smaller events can feel less intimidating to some of the shyer team members, and it also means that you aren’t waiting for everyone to get together for people to bond.

5) When in doubt, just ask!

At the end of the day, team bonding activities are for your employees. If you don’t have a good read on what the team wants to do (or even if you do), take the guesswork out of it and ask them! Send a survey with a few options, and go with the winner. This step will reduce any grumbling and increase buy-in from employees. Take it one step further, and collect feedback after the event to help you plan the next one!

Jamie Nichol

Jamie is the Head of Community at CultureIQ, a platform that helps companies strengthen their culture. Jamie brings people, companies, and ideas together to collaborate around company culture. Sign up to receive updates about community events and opportunities here, or feel free to shoot her an email at jamie@cultureiq.com.

How to get the most variety from ZeroCater

One of the top requests we receive from clients is variety. Employees love when there’s something new on the menu: a restaurant they’ve never visited, a cuisine they’ve never sampled, or a new dish from a favorite vendor.

So therein lies the question: “How can I get the most variety from ZeroCater and their network of vendors?”

Although the ZeroCater vendor network varies city to city, one word accurately depicts the vendor pool across all markets: elastic. The roster of restaurants, food trucks, private chefs, and caterers ZeroCater partners with is constantly evolving. Our vendor team scours the food scene in the San Francisco Bay Area, New York City, Chicago, DC, and Austin to bring new, exciting meals to your office.

Understanding ZeroCater’s ever-changing vendor network

The longer you partner with ZeroCater, the more vendors you will sample. In the past year alone, ZeroCater has added 202 new vendors to our platform.

City Vendors added from 2015-2016
San Francisco 60
New York City 65
Chicago 20
Washington, DC 35
Austin 22
Total 202

Just as the vendor network is constantly growing, so are the number of cuisine types. This means more local, authentic, and diverse meals for your team to try and enjoy. ZeroCater offers at least eleven cuisine types in each U.S. city—and up to forty-nine in San Francisco!

How to access the most vendors in your network

ZeroCater views each vendor partner as just that—a partner. For this reason, ZeroCater works with each vendor to ensure a mutually beneficial relationship. A vendor might not be available for delivery to your office due to:

  • Headcount: Each vendor sets their own order minimums
  • Location: Each vendor sets their own delivery zones
  • Budget: Rising food costs, a higher minimum wage, cooking in small batches, and increase in rent prices have tightened restaurants’ profits across the country. Therefore, menu prices may rise to guarantee profitability for the vendor.

By increasing your budget by just $1 per person, your lunch options multiply, because more vendors will benefit from the order. Just look at how vendor options expand (as budget increases) for clients in Chicago.

Tips for gaining the most variety for your team

Just as restaurant owners have a budget to stick to, so do you. Knowing when to save and when to splurge can help maximize your mealtime budget. Here are a few tips on making that extra dollar stretch:

  • Save for special occasions: Office birthdays, new hire welcome parties, and work-iversarys can be celebrated without a full meal. Try bagels, cupcakes, or pastries (a great way to sample dessert vendors!)
  • Splurge on the holidays: ZeroCater works with vendors to create specialty holiday menu items. Why not hold out for that spooky, graveyard themed cake at Halloween?
  • Save on Mondays: Meatless Monday. Light Monday. Get-back-in-gear Monday. Start the week off right with a light meal, perhaps by sampling a vegetarian (or even vegan) vendor.
  • Splurge on Wednesdays: Does your team need a jolt of motivation to get through the week? Choose Wednesday as your day to splurge, and give them a meal worth remembering.
  • Save over brunch: Breakfast menus are typically offered at a lower price point than lunch or dinner. Why not swap a breakfast vendor into your weekly routine?
  • Splurge at dinner: If your team is pulling an all-nighter at the office, this is the time to thank them—and thank them big. Use this as an excuse to try a vendor you’ve never tried before!

Getting the most out of lunch time

ZeroCater only partners with locally-owned restaurants, which means you support small businesses through each and every meal. You also receive the variety, quality, and customer service you may not see from a large, national chain.

We want you to sample as many ZeroCater vendors as you possibly can. For more advice on how to gain the most variety at lunchtime, speak to your dedicated Client Success Representative to see what new vendors to try next.


How team dinner helps fuel x.ai’s rapid growth

Within the startup space, late nights at the office are not uncommon—some might call them expected. Deadlines to meet the next product release, API, or app upgrade will spur long hours well outside the nine to five.

x.ai is one such company. Their product, a virtual personal assistant named Amy, schedules meetings for entrepreneurs, journalists, and salespeople alike. They’ve expanded their workforce by 300 percent in the past year alone and recently secured a funding round of $23 Million. Through their rapid growth, they’ve worked hard to keep their tight-knit culture intact.

Wednesday Night Dinner: Fueling a team for their next release

From a product perspective, x.ai works in a fast, emerging space. Working in virtual assistance has placed x.ai in the same conversations as Microsoft, Google, and Apple. While each member will tell you it’s an exciting space to be a part of, it also comes with lots of hard work and dedication.

“Our product is very high-tech, and we’re doing all we can to be a first mover in the space,” says Brian, Director of Customer Acquisition. “Wednesday always seems to be the deadline for our next update, so we instated Wednesday night dinners. Our favorite meals are either Korilla BBQ or Dos Toros.”

Creating a culture that can expand with your team

In the thirteen months since Brian has come aboard, a team of eighteen has grown to over fifty. While Wednesdays are known for tight deadlines, it’s also a time for employees to meet their newest team members.

“Wednesday evening is our time to talk to new hires,” says Brian. “We order through ZeroCater, and everyone takes the time to step away from their desks. Everyone is great about making introductions. Through Wednesday night dinners, sharing stories and photos via Slack, and other group activities; we’ve maintained that collaborative—albeit busy—team environment.”

Maintaining a work-life balance: Staying motivated in a fast-paced environment

To facilitate a fun, hard-working culture, founders of x.ai promote a work-life balance in the office. “We are an ambitious company run by adults—many who have families of their own. We are really focused on collaboration, helping each other, and being humane about life outside of work. Senior leadership understands there’s a balance between working hard, and stepping away at 4PM because you need to hit the gym,” says Brian.

The team has found a way to balance work, play, and life outside work. Coworkers organized a March Madness bracket, there’s an office soccer league, and even an employee ski trip. After each milestone or release, the team celebrates together—one way or another.

How team lunch helps preserve Innovid’s familial culture

In a hectic workweek littered with deadlines, beta tests, and new launches; it’s easy to get lost in the chaos.

Innovid, a video marketing platform based in New York City, operates in this fast-paced environment. Innovid places strong emphasis on creating a bond between team members. The founders of Innovid created a company culture the entire team can be proud of, and as a result are very protective of this dynamic. However, due to tight schedules, the team doesn’t always spend as much quality time together as they would like. To remedy this problem, the team started monthly dinners to bring the team together.

Family dinner: Setting aside time to come together

Due to the nature of Innovid’s business, lunchtime is very staggered. Some employees eat lunch at eleven, while others don’t eat until four in the afternoon. Wanting to set aside time for the entire team to step away from their desks, share a meal, and enjoy one another’s company; Innovid instated monthly team dinners.

“It’s nice to have a set time where we’re all in the same room together. Family dinner—as we call it—is our opportunity to take a break, and enjoy one another’s company. Spending time together is something we would like to do more often, and lunch helps us do that,” says Innovid Office Manager, Brittney.

Innovid lunch!

Group outings: Creating opportunities for culture to thrive

Family dinner isn’t the only time team members come together. Every two months, employees enjoy a work happy hour. Happy hour may entail trivia nights at the office, or heading to a local bar. No matter what the evening entails, it almost always ends in karaoke.

“Our human resources department has found people who are, in my opinion, the best people in the world. Everyone is caring, smart, and wonderfully kind. Each employee is invested in one common goal, and wants to do well at their job. We’re very proud of our company—that mutual bond ties us together,” says Brittney.

An open workspace: Supporting team collaboration

Even when there’s no happy hour on the calendar, Innovid still finds ways to foster their familial culture. Tour their office, and you’ll find a pinball machine where coworkers can stop for a game. The team is currently expanding to another floor in the building, and have plans for a collaborative, open workspace filled with couches, TVs, and even video games.

“Right now, our kitchen is our only common area. We want a space that fosters open communication. Whatever steps we can take to make that happen, senior leadership is on board with it,” Brittney explains.

It’s more than family dinner—it’s a way to bring your team together

As a society, we’re told to work hard and pull long hours—often without taking a break. Employees will work through their lunch hour, without stopping to converse with coworkers, walk around the office, or rejuvenate for the afternoon.

No matter how tight the deadline, or how long the hours, Innovid has discovered a way to bring all coworkers together, both inside and outside the office. Our company culture is something we’re really protective over, and really proud of,” declares Brittney—an attitude that has trickled down from senior leadership to each member of the team. “When we bring on new team members, we are very serious about if they’ll be a good fit. Our management wants to ensure the bond we’ve built stays genuine and authentic.”





How to shape your company culture from the ground up

By: Eric Shangle

“They’re a good culture fit. I like them,” is one of the most misconstrued phrases I hear as a Human Resources professional.

Culture fit has very little to do with personality (contrary to what we’re typically told). Culture is not something you can define. It’s not something you dictate. Culture is something you cultivate—it is both the arrival and result of bringing people together, and creating opportunities for coworkers to do so.

To shape a harmonious culture, senior leadership must determine the company’s value system and make hiring decisions around it. At its most basic framework, here are the four pillars needed to define your company culture:  

  1.     A value system to drive hiring decisions
  2.     Opportunities for employees to come together and live those values
  3.    A leadership team who emanates company culture
  4.    Rewards for employees who follow suit

Not one of these pillars has anything to do with likeability. Does a potential hire need to be the life of the party to be a good culture fit? Absolutely not. They just need to align with your value system.

Pillar One: Hire those who align with your value system

Your company value system reflects how you make the most difficult decisions. Culture is the manifestation of team synergy and behavior, centered around those values. To assess the culture fit of a potential hire, ask the question, “Will this person share our values? Will this person want to come together with the rest of the company?”

How can hiring managers implement this in everyday practice? At ZeroCater, our mission is to bring people and ideas together over food. Obviously, food is an easy common denominator. At small and large companies alike, a simple, welcoming gesture is taking someone to lunch. To us, it’s more than lunch—it’s a vehicle to bring people together.

Pillar Two: Create opportunities for culture to grow and develop

Culture will not progress on its own. Opportunities must be set in place for team members to come together. The opportunities can vary depending upon the organization, but should reflect:

1)   The culture you’re trying to convey, and

2)   How you empower your team to cultivate it

The office snack bar or the palette you chose for the walls may not determine your company culture. How your team interacts with one another, will have a much greater effect. Create opportunities that best reflect your company’s communication. Does your office carry a quieter atmosphere? Do coworkers communicate best through one-on-one conversations? If so, try choosing a group hike or game night over a sporting event.

Not everything requires money. An opportunity does not need a high price tag, but it should carry high engagement. Create a soccer league, plan a weekly team dinner, or do an impromptu activity. If you are struggling for ideas, ask your team for suggestions.

Pillar Three: Company culture starts from the top

Many C-level executives say, “I want to have an engaging culture,” and expect employees to arrive there on their own.

Culture starts at the top, with senior leadership. However you choose to shape your company culture, you have to emotionally invest in it. If you don’t invest, it won’t be authentic; if it’s not authentic, it will never stick.

At ZeroCater, we’re a group of foodies, and food can provide an added value. We recently hosted movie night, and had pizza and beer prior to the showing. There was nothing special about it, but the entire team—including CEO, directors, VPs, and interns—all enjoyed it. The greatest part of the evening was not the movie itself, it was how we came together and enjoyed our time together beforehand.

Pillar Four: Reward employees for exemplifying company culture

Do you want something to be important to your employees? Then you better be prepared to show it’s important to you.

Let’s say you want to foster a fun culture. If you’re not willing to take a break and spend time with your employees, you can’t expect that fun camaraderie to trickle down. If, as a leader, your montage is work-work-work, your employees will imitate that culture. Set your expectations for company culture, and reward employees when they follow it.

Create a culture that will scale with your company

Creating a company culture is like learning a new skillset—it takes practice. Set your intention for where you want your company culture to go, and bring that intent to the hiring process.

The larger you get as an organization, the more organized your company culture needs to be. Start with a blank slate. Hire based on your company values. Create opportunities for your team to come together. As a senior leader, live the values you chose. Encourage your employees to do so as well.  

A value system can be peeled back, one layer at a time. Why do we, at ZeroCater, take a midday break to eat together as a team? We could easily take our lunch back to our desks, and continue working through the hour.

What appears as team lunch on the surface, captures a number of our company values. We operate as a family, and there are no politics or job titles over the noon hour. We value transparency, and there’s no better channel for communication than the lunch table.

To us, a meal shared together is more than lunch—it’s the epitome of our culture as a company.


The high price tag behind employee turnover

Think office snacks are expensive? Try paying a recruiter.

Pool tables. Gym memberships. Health insurance. Office lunch. The modern benefits package comes with an ever-growing list of glamorous office perks—and each one comes with a price tag.

The competition to attract top talent is steep—and new hires are fully aware of the leverage they hold. Where health insurance and paid leave was once a sound offer, companies now add office frills (think in-house chefs and unlimited vacation) to sweeten the deal. In a recent interview on expansion, ZeroCater CEO Arram Sabeti remarked, “The really tricky thing is not getting money anymore. The really tricky thing is getting great talent.”

In the 2011-2015 Global Talent Index, only 70 percent of C-level executives are either “highly” or “somewhat” confident they’ll be able to attract the talent they need over the next two years. Nearly a third of respondents reported dissatisfaction with new hires over past years.

The pool of sought-after talent is a shallow one, which means two things:

  1. Companies need to create an environment their employees will love to work in. A happy, productive workforce helps attract top recruits.
  2. When you bring in key people, do what you can to hold on to them.

If you cringe each time you look at your expense reports, just imagine the cost of losing the employees logging them.

Josh Bersin, Principal and Founder of Bersin by Deloitte, stated the cost of losing an employee can be 1.5-2X their annual salary. The higher ranking the employee, the more turnover hurts, but even low-paying or hourly positions come at a price. Studies have shown it costs 16 percent of annual salary to replace an individual making less than $30,000 per year.

Time to start making a big, fat Turnover section on your P&L.

So what is the cost of losing an employee, and how is this calculated?

The cost of hiring (even at the bare-minimum, a Craigslist ad has a cost) and onboarding (envision many a training block on your future calendar), coupled with screening, interviewing, and relocation are just the beginning. Bersin outlines other hidden costs, including:

  • Lost engagement (high turnover rates cause a sharp downturn in employee engagement)
  • Lost productivity (a seasoned employee is much more efficient than one who does not understand company policies and processes).

How do you cut down on the cost of employee turnover?

This may seem like an open-ended question, but the answer is quite simple: Make your work environment one no one wants to leave. Paid leave, work-from-home policies, and unlimited vacation promote a work-life balance and job flexibility. Game rooms, snack bars, and common areas bring teams together the same way water coolers once did (what an upgrade that was). Gym memberships, company FitBits, and in-house exercise classes promote healthy lifestyles in a fun, community-centered way.

Or you can always bring in free lunch—but hey, call us biased.

“You serve what??” Special Offerings from ZeroCater

Lunchtime should be an experience. Food is meant to be enjoyed, and there is no reason you shouldn’t explore your city’s food scene. We help you do just that—even when you’re still at the office.

We enjoy sampling the best BBQ, Mediterranean, breakfast tacos, and sweet treats across DC, Chicago, Austin, NYC, and the Bay area. Sure, we have our favorites—we could order fish tacos three days a week and never grow tired of them, and we all have a favorite sandwich vendor we’d try again and again.

That being said, sometimes it’s nice to switch things up. For the times we’re feeling adventurous, we throw a niche vendor into our weekly meal plan.

To give you a taste of our unique offerings, here are a few of our favorite items in each city:

New York City:

Hot Chocolate Bar, Victory Garden NYC

Victory Garden Hot Chocolate Bar

Chili Bar, Supper Pub

Chili Bar

Nitrogen Popcorn Bar, Vitella’s Catering

Nitrogen Popcorn Nitrogen Popcorn 2

Washington, DC

Arepas, ArepaZone

Arepa Zone

On-site Crepes, Muncheez


Laotian Meatballs, Sang on Wheels

Laotian Food


Hot Cocoa Bar, BabyCakes Gourmet

Hot chocolate bar

Shamrock Shakes, Bobtail Ice Cream

Shamrock Shakes

San Francisco

Star Wars Happy Hours

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Sports’ Themed Parties, Creative Ideas Catering

Superbowl catering from ZeroCater

Want to know what special offerings are available in your city? Eager to spice up your office lunch catering ideas? Speak to your ZeroCater team to find out what vendors we partner with.