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09/26/2022

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The old saying “there is no free lunch” may find less validity in the remote-worker generation.
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A DoorDash survey finds that free meals would be the top way to entice workers back to offices.

The old saying “there is no free lunch” may find less validity in the remote-worker generation.

 While a recent study by Gartner revealed that 58% of employers in America are removing location requirements for their workers, there’s one thing that will get them back to the office for special meetings: lunch meetings!

A survey of 2,000 American workers conducted by OnePoll on behalf of DoorDash found that 42% would prefer mostly remote work with occasional days in the office.

But a large segment of respondents said they’d be happy to commute to the job for social activities such as “lunch and learn” presentations (51%) and happy hours (46%).

Respondents also feel they pay attention in meetings (59% vs. 29%), connect more with their co-workers (53% vs. 30%), and engage in company culture (51% vs. 30%) more effectively on-location than remotely.

The three things that would most make workers return to offices full-time, according to the DoorDash survey, are spending  time with co-workers, having their companies pay their commutation fees, and being offered company-supplied meals.

Nearly three-quarters (74%) of survey subjects said that sharing meals together with co-workers improves company culture. Sixty percent said that eating together encourages people to talk about things outside of work and allows them to get to know their colleagues better.