Increasingly, HR pros are looking for ways to treat their employees to thoughtful recognition initiatives that are better aligned with their employee demographics, interests, and own unique brand of fun. In fact, a 2016 Gallup poll on millennial job habits — the largest generation in today’s workforce — found that “engaged millennials are 64 percent less likely to say they will switch jobs if the market improves.”
In short, your company culture is unique, and the ways in which you recognize your employees should be too.
Off the Grid Catering, a Bay Area-based events and catering platform with a network of more than 300 mobile food creators in its arsenal, regularly plans and executes team building and recognition events for companies large and small.
“Clients are coming to us looking for thoughtful and unique ways to recognize their employees — they want unconventional, outside-the-box, and perhaps even a little quirky,” says Samantha Brown, Catering Sales Manager at Off the Grid. “Mobile catering is a really attractive option because of the possibilities for menu customization, full-service event production, and indoor and outdoor service styles. Not to mention, it’s fun, approachable and far from the ordinary.”
With National Employee Appreciation Day approaching on March 2, it’s the perfect time to start thinking about how to beef — or veg! — up your employee recognition initiatives with mobile catering. Here are three innovative ideas for a food truck-fueled event to salute a job well done.
Take over your company’s parking lot, or other outdoor space of your choosing, and host a streetside event that will keep employees mingling, munching and memory-making well into the night.
In true block party fashion, let your mobile caterer curate a crowd-pleasing menu of street eats and nostalgic favorites (like cotton candy from Sugar & Spun), employ friendly service staff to carry food and drinks directly to party-goers, and incorporate games and activities like giant beer pong, jenga and cornhole. For a truly unique experience, add an unexpected element to your event like live caricature illustrations from Silent James.
Hosting a mobile event gives planners the opportunity to throw in of-the-moment experiences that go beyond just food. Why not treat your employees to a tech-savvy soiree decked out with party robotics, a digital dance floor and video game rentals?
If you really want to make a splash with guests, toss in an immersive mobile VR experience — hailed as one of the biggest trends impacting the event industry this year — like Exit Reality’s “cowbots and aliens” virtual reality game aboard their custom VR truck.
Perfect for larger companies or those with teams who work remotely, a tapas-style experience provides guests with freedom and variety while encouraging interdepartmental networking, relationship-building, and all around fuzzy feelings.
For a truly sophisticated event, talk to your caterer about coordinating full bar service (including taking care of all the nitty gritty like insurance and liability coverage), custom branded menu signage featuring your company logo, and passed bites from premier mobile food vendors paired with specialty cocktails. Better yet, keep your employees mingling — and mixing — with hands on cocktail-making classes from Elixir to Go.
If you’re looking for innovative ways to toast your employees in 2018, mobile catering could be just the ticket — after all, nothing screams “we appreciate you” like delicious street food, craft beverages and attentive staff to make sure the whole thing goes off without a hitch.
About Off the Grid Catering
Off the Grid Catering is a Bay Area-based events and catering platform with a network of more than 300 mobile food creators in its arsenal. While many in the Bay Area know Off the Grid for their food truck extravaganzas at both Fort Mason Center and the Presidio, the company’s catering arm re-creates the lively atmosphere of their market experiences in a private setting, offering full-service event production, flexible set-up for both indoor and outdoor venues, and a diverse array of street food fare served via trucks, carts and stationary kiosks.