We are quite generous with employee amenities in our Head Office – breakfast bars, toast, fresh fruit, chocolates and biscuits. Good snacks to fuel a busy team. Even though we try and balance the offer to ensure that here are healthier options such as the fruit, low fat and high fibre snacks as well as low fat candies, I worry that just offering less healthy options is not good for the workplace. Some will choose the bad food if it is there.
I am considering cutting off the sweet stuff and having an all fruit week or removing the premium biscuits and going with low fat fibre options only. But then I think about how much is eaten and it is obviously being enjoyed. Plus, it is not my responsibility to ensure people always eat healthy.
I don’t know what to do – I like that we provide good amenities which people like. I also like that people who skip breakfast or work through lunch have a range of grazing options. But I don’t want to negatively impact their health. Hence my wondering about having a fruit only week – to draw attention to the need to think about the food choices they make in the office.
Reading back I sound indecisive on this – an attribute I do not like in others and which I hope people do not see in me. The reality is that I am not indecisive on this. I don’t want to change the food offerings. By blogging here I am opening the issue for discussion internally – and externally – in the hope of some wisdom on what constitutes the right balance of employer provided food options in the workplace.