A comfortable cafeteria is a great alternate space for informal meetings,
social events, and good old-fashioned chit-chat. But, first and foremost, it is what it is: a place to
eat. This is no minor point when you consider the time it may save an employee who would
otherwise leave the building to forage in neighborhood convenience stores and restaurants.
Conversely, for those who forgo lunch because they cannot risk the time to leave the building, a
cafeteria provides a schedule-friendly place to get the nourishment they need for a productive
afternoon of work. It also gives desk workers a reason to get up and stretch their legs.
Cafeterias can support networking like the metaphorical water cooler  but also between
departments, supporting organizational innovation goals and adding to a sense of community.

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