Digi Telecommunications has tied up with food delivery start-up dahmakan to set up a digital canteen on its premises for employees to get access to healthy, wholesome meals. This is part of its efforts to digitise its workplace and take care of its employees’ wellbeing. According to Digi, it is the first telco to kickstart a digital canteen with dahmakan.
The idea came about when Digi was exploring options to ensure that employees, particularly call centre staff who work in shifts, have access to healthy food without the hassle of leaving the office. The digital canteen is a mobile kiosk comprising a tablet listing a wide array of healthy food choices, including vegetarian and low carb meals.
These mobile kiosks have been set up in the common areas of Digi’s office to make it easy for employees to place food orders at a click of a button. A dedicated rider will then deliver lunch or dinner orders at the allocated times, and employees’ will be notified via SMS to pick up their orders when it arrives. In the past week, the digital canteen recorded more than 150 orders.
Digi’s chief HR officer, Elisabeth Stene, said it is the company’s priority to ensure that the health and wellness of its employees are taken care of. “We are always looking for innovative ways technology can be used to improve the way we work and the wellbeing of our employees. Collaborating with dahmakan to have a digital canteen is one such example; the canteen gives employees the convenience to access good, nutritious meals at affordable prices,” she added.
Jon Weins, dahmakan’s CEO and co-founder said: “Our aim for the digital canteen is to help companies drive employee engagement within their organisations by delivering well-balanced meals to corporate workers without breaking their wallets.”
He added that research has shown that a company’s profitability increases when employees are engaged and their welfare is prioritised, especially in an era where employees are very easily disengaged. The digital canteen makes it attractive for employees to order in and eat together with their peers, and this encourages the forging of closer ties among colleagues, Weins said.