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A Freshly Designed New Restaurant at Shell York Road

Published on : 9/26/19
  • Not so long ago, the thinking behind on-site services such as restaurants, banks and post offices was that employees would spend more time working if they didn’t have to leave the office to eat, get cash or buy stamps.

    This may well be true, but current thinking is that it is also short-sighted because proper breaks actually contribute to better employee engagement and productivity.

    In a 2018 Forbes article, Jennifer Deal, Senior Research Scientist at the Center for Creative Leadership and Affiliated Research Scientist at the Center for Effective Organizations at University of Southern California (USC) said: "Energy isn’t unlimited, and just as athletes have halftime to rest during a game, employees need to rest so they can do their best work. Taking a break in the middle of the day for lunch is a recovery period, allowing employees to come back refreshed and reinvigorated for the second half".

    This is precisely the thinking behind a new restaurant launched by Sodexo at Shell York Road – Shell’s new office building adjacent to the existing Shell Centre at the London Eye. The company is consolidating in London to this single campus with over 3,000 desk spaces.

    Shell wants to encourage staff to take time out for lunch in an inviting environment and spend time away from their desks. The new 450-seat restaurant, which takes up an entire floor of the new campus, is designed to facilitate this change in dining behaviour. Food offers mirror the latest trends in London with an emphasis on fresh, sustainable products served in a space with a cosmopolitan feel. Table football and table tennis are also available.

    Working together, the Shell and Sodexo teams developed a menu including everything from freshly prepared deli sandwiches and live cookery street food displays to fresh Artisan pizzas and homemade desserts.

    What's New?

    The restaurant is also contributing to Shell’s disposable-free campus aspirations – with compostable takeaway cutlery, paper-only sandwich wrappers, recycled coffee cups and no condiment sachets. Employees who purchase and then re-use takeaway containers get 20p deducted from their bills. 

    Finally, the versatile restaurant design doubles as a space for team huddles and informal meetings, with Costa coffee and freshly prepared snacks available all day long.

    A recent soft launch was followed by a grand opening, earning extremely positive initial feedback about the layout of the space, array of food options, coffee shop setting and availability of open space and soft seating. Average daily transactions increased 25% during the first week.

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