Our crew gets a 25% employee discount and $2 for a "break treat" for every 5 hours worked. The break treat needs to be used that day, but several employees can combine their treats and go in on a pizza together if they like. Also, I try to make it clear that if someone is hungry, just let me know and we'll get them something. Most are a bunch of students so they don't necessarily have very much money and it's certainly no problem for us to just give them something to eat!
I've looked into making regular staff meals, but it's a real taxing mess to do that. For them it becomes a benefit and we have to pay tax on it. Crazy!
Luckily, non-regular staff meals aren't taxable, so I slip the crew food irregularly.
In the morning, I'll sometimes give into my OCD for perfectly square brownies which leaves about a 3/4" strip of excess. I'll cut this into little pieces and set out plates on the shelf where the crew keep their drinks. If a cinnamon roll looks funny or comes apart when slicing the pan, I'll part that out for them as well. When a pizza or sandwich order gets accidentally duplicated, overdone, or made wrong, everybody gets to share in the spoils.
I try to set a good example by grabbing a carrot when I need a snack and I let them know that they can eat all the carrots that they want. We have enough items on our menu that are inexpensive enough that with the discount and the $2, the employee can get a meal for a buck or two. Sometimes I'll even just make something and let them know that there's mac 'n cheese or something that's not on our regular menu free for the taking in the cooler.
Yes, it's all sandwiches, baked goods, pizza, candy, and ice cream, but (except the commercial candy and ice cream), everything is homemade from scratch. Not health food, but good quality anyway. They can only use their break treat for homemade candy as well.
For us, it's not a matter of money, it'd be simpler just to feed them, but we do like them to eat from the menu so that they are familiar with our offerings.
Except for the small bites that I put on the beverage shelf, I don't let them eat anywhere but in the dining room or in the employee area. The health department frowns on such behavior and it's unsanitary. One woman was particularly problematic as she'd try to settle in to making chowder and have her lunch next to her and eat while preparing food. I put a stop to it at once. I wish it was as easy to get our elder partner to stop grabbing bites out of the prep table!
| Pounds lost: 17.0