According to a survey by online grocer Peapod.com, office workers
who get free snacks at work are happier. Two out of three staffers whose office
cupboards and fridge are always stocked say they are extremely or very happy
with their current job.
Healthy options are much appreciated: 83% call “healthy and
fresh” options—fruit, vegetables, yogurt, low-calorie snacks—a “huge perk.”
While more than half (55%) have free coffee, tea or hot
cocoa, far fewer (only 16%) have free food such as snacks, treats and
Companies seeking to attract Millennials are especially advised
to offer good food perks: Millennials were nearly three times as likely to
value in-office treats, compared with employees age 45 and up. Two thirds of Millennials
also agree with the statement, “If I found or were offered a job at another
company with better perks, including availability of snacks, I would take it.”
Some of the most popular fruits for office delivery include
bananas (the biggest seller), navel and clementine oranges, strawberries and
blueberries, Gala apples, red seedless grapes and Bartlett pears, according to
the survey. Popular sodas are Diet Coke, Coke and Canada Dry Ginger Ale. Other
favorites are Nature Valley Crunchy Granola Bars Oats 'n Honey, snack packs
such as Snyder's of Hanover 100 Pretzel Minis and Frito-Lay Variety Pack
Classic Mix and yogurt, including, Chobani Greek yogurt with strawberry or
blueberry fruit on the bottom.
Among those workers offered free food or
beverages, nearly half (48%) consume in-office snacks or beverages up to four
times per week; three in ten (29%) do so once a day or more often.