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Unwork with our partners Zurich Insurance Group and Sodexo are conducting an exciting major research initiative to look at the future of food in the workplace.

Our project will create a new, global perspective that investigates a broad agenda from the link of food to wellbeing, performance and health through to the interior design, provision and economics of food and drink in the modern workplace. It will build a body of knowledge from analysis, global case studies and data gathering to create a new vision for the future of food at work.

Our final report will be published towards the end of 2013.


Our project will provide a review of global trends and best practice, together with ideas and innovation for the future. It will put food at work into context and provide a framework for a broader review of the development of this important area.

Food and drink are fundamental to our lives; we time our days with them, we have a profound emotional connection with them. But in many workplaces, the direct link between food, productivity and well-being has not been explored.

Our body clock is set by our circadian rhythm, which in turn is set by our metabolism and so hugely influenced by our eating – the time we eat, the contents of what we eat and drink, the amount we eat, and the regularity with which we eat.

We spend a large proportion of our waking hours working – either in our offices, at home, on the road, or in other ‘third’ spaces. For employers, getting food provision right in the workplace would create more content, productive employees.

There is a huge business benefit to be gained by understanding food and drink in the workplace.

Getting involved

We are actively seeking participation from interested companies and corporations in this fascinating and much needed study. If you are interested in getting involved please let us know.

In return for inputting data, case studies and other information from your organisation to the study, you will receive a version of the final report.

If you are interested, please contact either:

Luke Connoley, Associate Director, Unwork –
Kit Lewin, Researcher, Unwork –


If you have 90 seconds to spare, we would be delighted if you could answer 8 quick questions about food in your workplace. Food at Work survey

The design competition

As part of the project, we will also be running a design competition, inviting interior designers and architects to submit ideas and concepts in response to a brief and we are looking to link with others involved in food and drink provision and in healthcare, as obesity through inactivity at work becomes a significant factor in the fight against diabetes.

The competition will take place in May and June 2013.

If you are an architect or designer and are interested in the design competition, please contact us on the details above.

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