Beat the 3 p.m. slump and keep your team satisfied with office snacks designed for productivity
It happens almost every day between 1 and 3 p.m. The morning coffee buzz is gone, the day is more than halfway through, and while there’s still a lot to do, you find yourself yawning, feeling headache-y, and wondering if anyone would notice if you took a nap underneath your desk.
It’s easy to blame that cranky, sleepy, brain foggy feeling that sweeps your office in the late afternoon on a caffeine addiction, poor sleep, and simply not wanting to be there, but oftentimes, it’s actually the result of lackluster nutrition.
The solution? Office snacks.
You thought we were going to say go to school and become a certified nutritionist for a second there, didn’t you? Fortunately, the best way to keep your office chugging along is by offering office snacks. People love food and they’ll love you for providing it. In fact, they’ll love it so much they won’t even realize that it’s a secret productivity hack. Shhhh…we’ll let that be our little secret.
Want to know more about how office snacks are actually the best way to keep your team productive? Read on:
Food helps your brain function
Good nutrition is essential to cognitive brain function – or to put it in less formal terms, eating regular meals keeps you from drifting off at your desk (admit it: you’re doing it right now). The key is to eat healthy meals – and don’t worry, we’re not suggesting an all-kale diet. Think veggies, fruits, whole grains, and healthy fats like olive oil, avocados, and nuts. Fish, spinach, and dark berries are all delicious, nutritious choices. Despite its fraught reputation, coffee can also help with brain function as caffeine is linked to short term memory benefits. Just be sure to drink it in moderation.
Providing office snacks helps your team avoid unhealthy food that zaps productivity
When you’re really, really hungry, what do you reach for? If you’re like most people, you’re probably way too famished to labor over a home-cooked, nutritious meal. Instead, you find yourself at the drive-through ordering a burger and fries. And while there’s nothing wrong with these tasty treats once in a while, they can be a serious drain on productivity.
High fat and processed foods make your digestive system go into overdrive, lowering oxygen levels in your brain. The result? Brain fog – or as it is more commonly referred to after a big holiday feast, a food coma.
Office snacks promote a good mood
Another term you’re likely familiar with: hangry.
Hangry is the special type of bad mood that you might experience when you’re hungry. It’s why people get so grouchy when they find out how long the wait is at their favorite restaurant. If you’ve experienced this or been on the receiving end of it, you already know how hunger can affect mood.
According to one study on hangry-ness (yes, someone actually did a study on it), survey participants reported anger, stress, and other negative emotions as a result of hunger.
Providing office snacks is a simple way to eliminate hangry vibes. As a result, everyone on your team gets along and therefore gets more work done.
Office snacks can boost immune systems
When your body doesn’t get proper nutrients, your immune system pays the price. When your immune system is weakened, you’re more likely to get sick. When one person at the office catches a cold or the flu, well…you know the rest.
Nothing can take down a productive office like a company-wide flu that forces everyone to trade crunch time for sick days. Providing office snacks can help keep everyone’s immune systems happy and a happy immune system is a healthy employee.
Enjoying a meal together helps people bond
There’s a reason why so many of life’s special moments involve a meal. From birthday cake to celebratory dinners to the food you serve at your wedding, coming together for a meal helps people feel connected. The phrase “breaking bread” brings to mind ideas of bonding with one another.
That feeling doesn’t have to exist purely outside of work. Why not bring it into your office by offering snacks and even occasional meals that allow people a moment to take a break from their work and socialize with one another? This fosters team building and leads to a strong team that can work together.
Employees feel appreciated
Providing office snacks and catering is a perfect way to say thank you for a job well done. Employees will feel appreciated when you offer snacks (and their friends who aren’t lucky enough to work in your office will be jealous). This reduces turnover, which can be a serious detriment to productivity. Not to mention, it’s nice to work at the office that has free snacks!
Great catering from TooJay’s will keep your office happy
Whether you’re looking to cater breakfast for your big office meeting, offer a delicious lunch on Friday afternoons, or kick off Monday with coffee and eggs, TooJay’s Catering can help you find the perfect menu. Our breakfast platters, with options that include eggs, bacon, and fresh vegetables, are perfect for revving your team up in the morning. Our salads for the group and sandwich party platters will keep your employees from suffering the dreaded afternoon slump. Contact us today to get started with an order.