Are you the owner or manager of a company? Are you thinking about starting something new — a small retail shop, an internet startup? If so, don't overlook one of the most key elements of success, according to the Thumbtack blog: Food. Read on to see some of their 8 food rules for startups!
Thumbtack, a community marketplace for local businesses and services, has a blog run by its software engineers. They offered some advice to startups and companies on making their employees happier through food. And no — this isn't just about cupcake parties and a free lunch buffet. It was also about community and sitting down to eat together. Here are a few of their thoughts:
Rule #1 - Eat lunch together around a table. - Eating lunch together is the single most important culture-building activity we do.
Rule #4 - Invite guests. - Having awesome meals at your office means people will want to visit you. This is a great way to network, grow awareness about your company, and learn from all sorts of people you wouldn't know otherwise.
Rule #6 - Provide sane breakfasts. "Don't eat breakfast cereals the change the color of the milk" (food rule #36). A hearty breakfast has so many benefits: at a basic level it provides fuel for the morning's work. Breakfast also prevents metabolic highs and lows that can--let's be honest--really affect the mood and productivity of your team.
A big amen to that last one!
What do you think of these? Do you like eating with your colleagues? I don't live in the same city as the rest of my coworkers so it's hard to put these to use myself, but I do really appreciate the opportunity to share a meal when we're all together.
Take a look at the rest of the tips and thoughts in this article — it's excellent.
Read the full article: Food rules for startups: eight delicious ways to build a better company at Thumbtack's blog
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