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Out to lunch? What work meals look like in 2022

November 24, 2022 / Australia

As employees keep returning to the workplace, their day-to-day routines have changed. Hybrid working models and different office layouts are examples of the new ways teams will be connecting and collaborating moving forward.

One of the main focuses of the workday is, of course, lunch: what will be eaten, who you’ll eat with, and whether you plan to eat at your desk or during a meeting. Employees will always need food and want an opportunity to connect with colleagues over meals. The big question, however, is where lunch will come from.

In Australia, where offices were open as early as summer 2020, the number one thing that encouraged employees to return was free food. Research conducted by Uber Australia revealed that more than 50% of Aussies preferred free food over a flexible workplace policy, and almost 60% of employees wished their office offered free meals or food vouchers.

What does this mean for businesses in the 2022 workplace? It’s time to offer food in the office as an employee incentive. Here’s how to make it happen.

Hybrid eats for employees

For employees working both in the office and at home, Uber Eats can provide a number of options. Employers can create a programme to provide meals regularly or can use Uber Vouchers to send meals for specific events. 

  • Meal programmes: It’s simple to create a meal programme, add employees, and set permissions for time, location, and budget. Employees can receive delicious local favourites at the office or on their doorstep. Learn more about meal programmes.
  • Vouchers: Serve up meals for a special event, team bonding, or a client meeting using Vouchers. Distribute Uber credit to recipients and set controls such as expiration dates, location restrictions, and/or days and times the credit can be used. Recipients can easily redeem Vouchers in the Uber Eats app within set parameters. Learn more about Vouchers.

In-office eats for employees

If the entire team is in the office regularly, set up a meal programme and order on Uber Eats. With group ordering, you can send a shareable link to meal recipients so everyone can choose their own items. Once everyone has added their choices, pay for the group order with one business account.

You can also set an order deadline and automatically check out, so everyone gets their order in on time. Finally, easy bill splitting allows everyone to use their own spending allowances to pay for their items in the group order.

Learn more about how Uber for Business can support your company’s return-to-office efforts.