Banks, asset managers, technology companies and law firms are psyching up their employees to return to the office with free or subsidized lunches, CNBC reported.
Some firms, such as investment bank Goldman Sachs, began offering free meals last year for office employees because so many restaurants had shut down, the news site reported. Others are preparing for a return to the office this summer or fall.
“A lot of these firms are reopening their offices and they’re using food as the carrot to bring people back,” Dilip Rao, CEO of food-ordering platform Sharebite, told CNBC. “Oftentimes when we talk to companies, they’re like, ’I don’t care if it’s $20 a day [in food subsidies], I just want people back in the office.’”
Of Sharebite’s clients, 90 percent subsidize at least part of employee meals, according to the report. Others, such as banks Credit Suisse and Cowen and asset manager Neuberger Berman are providing meals outright, a source told the news site. The company’s clients also include McKinsey, WeWork and Coinbase.