Leader comment: Standard Life bosses may be squirming a little today

Standard Life is to open its own Valvona & Crolla outlet for staff. Pic: Phil Wilkinson/TSPL
Standard Life is to open its own Valvona & Crolla outlet for staff. Pic: Phil Wilkinson/TSPL
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You can keep your Greggs and your Tesco Meal Deals, I know where I want to get my next office lunch.

Plenty of people will be green with envy after reading today’s story about Standard Life opening its own Valvona and Crolla outlet for staff at its new St Andrew Square offices. Eating there every day might be a bit expensive for most workers, but who wouldn’t want the option of grabbing some of Scotland’s best food without even leaving the office.

There are obvious benefits to companies who make it so easy for staff to stay at work. Attitudes among the world’s leading corporations are changing. Google employees, for instance, get a view of the New York skyline as they eat free breakfast, lunch, and dinner in their canteen. Ultimately there is nothing wrong with a company looking after its workforce.

Standard Life, however, will be aware of the parallel with RBS opening its Gogarburn HQ complete with its own supermarket and hairdresser. That was seen as grandiose and quickly became a symbol of a financial giant losing touch with its customers. This is nowhere near the same scale, but after being blamed for the Fringe being kicked out of St Andrew Square, Standard Life bosses might squirm a little today.