The Pros and Cons of Free Food at the Office
If not done right, it can come with some big downsides
The office food game has changed significantly in recent years.
Back in 2015, Sprint said that it was getting rid of its free snacks to cut costs—a move that actually bucked a much larger trend in favor of getting more food in the office. The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), in its most recent forecast, found that 32 percent of companies offer free snacks and beverages, while 12 percent offer a cafeteria that’s at least partially subsidized by the company.
Major tech companies, such as Facebook and Google, have become famous for actually giving their employees free food, something that Silicon Valley employees say has a “transformative effect” on teams in a way that free drinks alone might not.
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