Navigating office politics is unavoidable – and although sometimes it can feel inconvenient or awkward, mastering the art of persuasion is key for your success in any line of work.
So what can you do to make the strongest case to your higher-up? Today on the blog, we’ll give you the tools you need to convince your boss that ordering catered food for your team will add value to your company. But the great thing is that these tips are applicable across the board – whether you’re proposing a switch to a new kind of invoicing software, or requesting a raise.
1. Think Like A Boss
Whenever you’re trying to convince someone to adopt your point of view, it’s important to frame what you’re trying to achieve in terms of their goals. So ask yourself: what are your boss’s objectives? One might be that they want your team to thrive in terms of efficiency and morale. Others might be that they’d like to impress clients, create a good company image, or save money.
Whatever your boss’s goals are, make sure you keep them in mind when you introduce the idea of ordering food for the office.
For example, you could start by saying something like, “I know you’ve been working hard to try to economize on our team’s budget, so I’ve been doing some research…” or ”I know you’ve been working hard to offer our team more competitive perks…” That way, you make it immediately clear that what you’re suggesting benefits them in a tangible way.
2. Be Specific
Any good leader will need concrete rationale before agreeing to spend budget on a new company initiative, so be specific. Try to match your boss or company’s goals and strategy to the benefits that feeding your team would provide.
For example, if the goal is to spend less time and money ordering catered food than you currently do, calculate an estimate of the impact it could have on this process. Remember, Platterz never charges convenience fees or markups – so you always get the lowest possible price for your food – and compared to traditional ways of ordering catered food, it reduces your ordering time by 90%. Hearing that you could save your office $1500 and 13 hours per quarter, for instance, is much more powerful than a vague-sounding promise.
3. Show ‘Em The Facts
Aside from providing specific rationale for ordering food, coming prepared when you speak with your boss by referencing objective data and pointing to a few empirical studies can really help make your case. The impact of nutrition on workplace performance, for instance, is well-researched, so it might be worth mentioning that prioritizing providing your team with access to nutritious food will pay off in the long run. Plus, there’s evidence that the act of sitting down as a team and eating together, having a conversation, and building social connections can make for a more productive office, too! Pro tip: whatever evidence you choose to present, it’s a good idea to anticipate any questions or concerns your boss might have, and come prepared with appropriate solutions.
4. Point To Case Studies
It’s no secret that some of the most successful names across industries offer their employees perks – and while it might not be the right time for your company to build nap pods or hire an on-site masseuse, providing meals and snacks for your team can help make the same positive impact on their wellness, loyalty, and productivity. Make sure your boss knows that it’s no coincidence that Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Pinterest all provide their employees with free food daily.
5. Do A Low-Cost Experiment
If you can’t convince your higher-up to commit to ordering food regularly, try proposing a trial run. If it’s feasible, this might be what it takes for your boss to see that ordering food truly will add value to your team and bring the benefits you’ve presented!
Are there any tactics for persuasion that we missed? Let us know if you have any tried-and-true suggestions for convincing your boss – we’d love to hear them!