Employee Engagement

New research by Perkbox, reveals that over half of working Brits lunch out at least once or twice a week during their working week, and nearly a quarter do so three to four times a week.

The research, which surveyed 17,736 Perkbox users across the country, to understand employee consumer habits, found that only 11% of employees never lunch out during their working week. This is an encouraging sign, showing that many of us take a ‘lunch break’ from the office on a fairly regular basis. Or is it not? With the rise of delivery services, this may not be the case anymore.

Indeed, it’s no big secret that the high street is up against fierce competition from the online marketplace in areas from shopping and leisure, to eating out. It’s now easier than ever to purchase goods of all sorts online. However, 28,000 stores have had to close in the last ten years as a result and consumers are missing out on other great benefits.

Firstly, employee consumers walking down the high street often aren’t aware of what is truly on offer. In other words, the problem comes down to visibility. For example, amongst the most popular places to lunch out based on respondents of the survey were well known brands such as Subway, Costa and Greggs. However, local chains such as 200 Degrees Coffee and Black Sheep Coffee received a fair amount of mentions too.

Harriet Green, Business Development Manager at Perkbox says: “The aim of this initiative is to equip users with the best in class perks, whilst leaving local merchants to enjoy all the benefits of their hard work and dedication. We believe that more support should be shown to our local businesses, and this is both a way of showing our own, and encouraging others in the area to get into the habit of doing the same.”

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