As we all prepare to get back into our routines and head back to work following, it's no question people are thinking about how to handle food in the office. Whilst COVID 19 is still at the front of our minds, it's important to have a plan in place to keep workers safe and happy in the workplace.
Here is how to incorporate food into your return to work program, with your worker's health, and safety in mind.
Before understanding what kind of food or snacks you need to order for the back to work rush, first, you need to decide whether you want to still have food in common areas and if so, having very clear guidelines on how the employees can safely enjoy it.
Think areas like the coffee machine, office fridge and break table; all areas that you would normally see a bowl of fruit, a few bottles of milk and snack dispensers. While it might look a bit different now, there are still awesome ways to include tasty and healthy food in your office kitchens.
Single-serve snacks, single-use milk pods and fruit left on each employee's desk solves the issue of congregating in common areas, but still shows your team you support them by providing a welcoming space for them to work. We suggest crafting a "back to work" pack, with not only some hand sanitiser, a face mask and wipes, but also some portioned snacks, milk, tea and coffee, to help settle them back to work.
Limiting your food delivery is super important, as it will ensure your office space is not reaching its capacity. The best way to ensure this, and to stop your staff from ordering from food delivery services throughout the day, is to consolidate your office food supply.
Things to consider regarding food delivery:
Mix and match bento boxes from The Catering Department are a fun way to do a bento lunch.
Curry and Rice
A classic curry and rice not only warms the soul with a hearty kick, but it serves as an excellent single-serve dish.
An all-time favourite, poke bowls offer a delicious and hearty lunch, that is a super easy solution to an individually packed lunch.
Vietnamese spicy noodles, pad Thai or even Singapore noodle salad; there are some seriously delicious options when it comes to noodle boxes. Warm, cold, healthy or a treat, make this menu option your own without having to worry about cross-contamination.
Salad & Sandwich Combo
A hearty and delicious salad, with a sandwich or roll, always does the trick! A classic combo for a reason; it's healthy, customisable and easily portioned into a single-serve and wrapped meal.
Have an office birthday or milestone? Don't let COVID 19 stop you from celebrating. Simply adjust! Instead of a full cake, order each person one cupcake, or a single sweet treat. Also a great solution for single-serve morning teas.
Single-Serve Morning Tea Box
Everybody loves a delicious morning tea, and now we can accommodate single-serve boxes.
Enjoy some burritos for your working lunch! They are individually prepared, wrapped and served. A perfect post-COVID solution for your office lunch. (Even better with a side of chips and guac).
Whether you need sanitisation services, hands-free sanitisation stations, antibacterial wipes, face masks, or sanitiser, we have it all covered with our epic range of post-COVID office supplies.
*Please note these tips and tricks should always only be made in accordance with your local government health and safety advice targeted towards employers.
Government return to work COVID 19 Guidelines for Each State:
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