Not just for lunch:
Oppressive, old-fashioned mess halls have made way for light, modern restaurants that have transformed eating in the workplace into an experience in its own right.
But it’s not just the tasty and new dishes they offer that have won the latest generation of canteens a loyal following – their impressive design and ambience is also a major factor. These airy, light-filled spaces with comfortable seating and pleasant sounds attract staff members as places to eat and simply spend time. And many companies are actively encouraging their employees to work in staff canteens as well as in their offices. Which is why the new restaurants are often kitted out with separate lounge areas in addition to dining tables and chairs, where employees can work as well as relax during breaks. The idea is that lunchbreaks shouldn’t only be about food, but relaxing too, so that staff members can recharge their batteries and return to their desks able to concentrate and full of motivation. On top of a much improved dining experience, the quality of employees’ work also benefits.