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3 Solutions for the Future of Flexible Workspaces

Paige McKirahan

Paige McKirahan

March 29, 2021

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So we have some good news, some REALLY good news, and we have some bad news. The good news is the pandemic finally seems to be coming to an end, which means that we get to return to the office and continue with our regularly scheduled workspace programming.

The bad news? Returning to the office post-COVID isn’t as simple as it sounds: you need to ensure that you will be protecting the safety of your employees while also creating a schedule that makes sense for those coming in and out of the office. Determining how to come back isn’t easy, and since only 61% of employees plan on being in the office part-time by July 2021 (compared to the 87% of employers who think the same), some convincing may be in order.

Now here’s the REALLY good news: Cater2.me can help create a hybrid workplace with our flexible, cost-effective solutions that will make your team feel safe and taken care of.

Group Ordering: Our solution for offering flexible in-office catering

Say you have a team of 60 people, but only 20 to 30 come into the office on any given day. If you want to provide in-office meals, this may seem like a difficult task to take on because of fluctuating headcounts and inconsistent schedules.

But fear not! We can accommodate any headcount every day using our Group Ordering or Boxed Meal system. 

When using our Group Ordering program, your employees can select and customize their meals based on their personal schedule and dietary preferences. And since 68% of food is thrown out by consumers daily, this helps combat waste in the workplace as there will only be meals available for those who actually need them. And for your company, that means you’re also never wasting money on meals for team members who aren’t in the office on any given day. Learn more about our Group Ordering here.

Boxed Meals curated by Cater2.me

Want to make it even easier for your team and not trouble them with selecting their own meals? With our curated Boxed Meals program, our catering experts will build your profile by reviewing your schedule, budget, headcount, dietary restrictions, and staffing needs, and then order a select number of individually packaged meals for you. This is a great substitute for teams who are used to a buffet-style set-up, as the menu items and quantities are predetermined; all your team needs to do is pick up their individually packaged meal (which is WAY more COVID friendly than a buffet) and they’re good to go!

Office Pantry Options

Looking for a low-cost, high-impact perk for your employees returning to the office? We have you covered. Our Pantry Program – available in select markets – is a great incentive for those returning to the office as it allows you to provide your team with everything they need throughout the workday, no midday trips to the deli needed.

We offer a rotating selection of your team’s favorite snacks and beverages, from childhood classics to new obsessions, sweets and treats, individually wrapped items, and more! We even offer a full range of hot and cold beverages that will move your employees away from the age-old coffee pot and towards innovative options like cold brew or Kombucha on tap. 

To ensure your employees are actually enjoying their Pantry Program, we gather feedback from your team to help provide easy-to-understand data about everything from item usage to spending breakdowns. So no wasted money, no wasted time, and no wasted trips to Costco trying to pick out snacks that fit everyone’s taste.

COVID Compliant Solutions

Since day one, safety has been our top priority. All of our vendors are now following enhanced safety protocols that include wearing proper PPE (mask and gloves) and their food can be served in individually packaged containers. With our Group Ordering program, meals are labeled with employee names and organized for efficient pick-up.

This grab-and-go solution also protects your office from the typical lunch traffic that brings employees in and out of the building during rush hours. Standing in a long line for a subpar meal only to bring germs back into the office is SO 2019; with our programs, you can help reduce and limit exposure by supplying all meals and snacks right in your office. You can learn more about our safety procedures here.

“How Can I Prepare for Our Return to Office?”

Our dedicated account managers are ready to help you create a plan that works for you and your team, and will be there with you every step of the way to ensure that it goes to plan.

 Whether you’re going all-in on your return, taking it day by day with a hybrid schedule, or simply staying remote until the COVID coast is officially clear, we got your back. Let us know what solutions you are looking for so we can help you get ready for whatever is coming next.

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“Cater2.me has been able to get our employees from all different departments together, to get away from our desks, recharge, and be able to return to our work, happy and full.”

—Ellen K., Employee Experience Specialist, Frame.io