At Turner Sports, a subsidiary of AT&T’s WarnerMedia responsible for sports broadcasts, showing employee appreciation and fostering staff collaboration have always been important pillars of their company culture. Turner Sports employees have been working remotely since the start of the pandemic, which has made collaboration a challenge. In a recent webinar with The Society for Human Resource Management, we sat down with Sabrina Williamson, an executive assistant at Turner Sports, to learn how she used meal perks as one way to boost employee morale and drive engagement. Here’s what she shared. 

Driving engagement during a diversity and inclusion event 

Diversity and inclusion is core to the Turner Sports culture, so they wanted to host an event focused on the company’s continued diversity and inclusion initiatives. Even though it would be a challenge, Turner Sports needed to help drive employee engagement while employees continued to work remotely. 

Turner Sports knew that food was going to play a crucial role in creating buzz for the event, and they decided to partner with Grubhub to provide breakfast to their remote employees attending this event using Grubhub’s individual meals order type. This allowed employees to independently place their orders to be delivered wherever they are working. Individual meals are the perfect way to feed remote employees since they eliminate the need for personal credit cards, expense reports, or an admin needing to collect addresses. An added bonus? You’re only charged for the meals that were actually ordered. 

The diversity and inclusion event was such a success that other teams at Turner Sports took the blueprint and implemented meal perks for other employee appreciation events, including meet and greets with top executives, virtual lunch and learns, team meetings, book clubs, overtime meals, and more. 

Feeding overtime meals for a large college basketball tournament 

Overtime meals specifically were very important to Turner Sports because each year they host a large college basketball tournament. For the Turner Sports employees, this is the busiest time of the year filled with lots of long hours. The company wanted a way to show remote staff they appreciated their hard work and make sure that morale was high as it would be if employees were working together from the office. 

Turner Sports used their Grubhub Corporate Account to feed their 250 employees working overtime during the basketball tournament from March to June. They decided to offer employees a daily credit that expired at the end of each day and reset in the morning so the team could order three meals a day — breakfast, lunch, and dinner — in addition to snacks. 

“The fact that we were able to easily feed such a high volume of remote employees for such a long period of time was a huge achievement and feather in our cap. When we first rolled this out, they were so surprised. It has been very well received, it’s a great perk that provides a real boost to employee morale. Everyone’s a little tired of virtual meetings at this point, but meal perks have allowed us to see the same engagement we had in-person which speaks for itself.” 

– Sabrina Williamson, Executive Assistant, Turner Sports.  

Boosting employee morale with a Grubhub Corporate Account 

A Grubhub Corporate Account can help you deliver food and happiness to your team, no matter where they’re working. A good meal goes a long way in boosting employee morale for appreciation events, overtime meals, team meetings, and more. And with over 300,000 restaurants available in all 50 states, we’re sure to have your employees’ favorite local restaurants. Interested in learning more about using a Grubhub Corporate Account to foster employee collaboration? Contact us.