Lunch, and it's on the company

At Italian designer Brunello Cucinelli's headquarters in Solomeo, Italy, employees tuck into a multi-course lunch (above) for a nominal fee. LinkedIn, which does not charge for food even in its cafeterias, also provides several halal-meat options to
At Italian designer Brunello Cucinelli's headquarters in Solomeo, Italy, employees tuck into a multi-course lunch (above) for a nominal fee. PHOTO: NYTIMES
At Italian designer Brunello Cucinelli's headquarters in Solomeo, Italy, employees tuck into a multi-course lunch (above) for a nominal fee. LinkedIn, which does not charge for food even in its cafeterias, also provides several halal-meat options to
LinkedIn, which does not charge for food even in its cafeterias, also provides several halal-meat options to cater to Muslim employees at its campus in Sunnyvale, California.PHOTO: NYTIMES

The practice of providing food at the American workplace is almost obligatory, with businesses pulling out the stops to offer variety

NEW YORK • Everyone who works at Ben & Jerry's headquarters in Burlington, Vermont, is entitled to three free pints of ice cream for each day of work.

At the American Enterprise Institute, a think-tank in Washington, employees are treated daily to an elaborate buffet with choices such as prime rib and crabcakes.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 10, 2019, with the headline 'Lunch, and it's on the company'. Print Edition | Subscribe