While waiting in line for my caffeine fix this morning, the woman ahead of me ordered a sausage breakfast sandwich. The teller called back to ask if they had any sausage ready. “Two and half minutes,” their co-worker replied. The woman shook her head and said she couldn’t wait and ordered the bacon version instead.
I get it, we’re busy. I probably wouldn’t have waited the two and half minutes either. I was already running late.
Two and a half minutes is 150 seconds. Doesn’t seem like much. Seems okay to sacrifice sausage for bacon.
But what else do we sacrifice for the sake of saving 150 seconds?
In two and a half minutes we can offer a helping hand to someone who is frustrated. We can build a stronger connection by listening to a personal story. We can recognize someone’s hard work, talent or dedication. We can ask a question to gain clarification rather than just assuming we know. We can discuss the connection between a project and the bigger picture. We can throw around some new ideas and ways of thinking.
Turns out you can gain a lot in two and half minutes.
A Team Human Conversation
Fight workplace zombies in your organization and join Team Human! Gather a group of fellow workplace zombie hunters to discuss our most recent blog post. Use the questions below to kick start your conversation.
- Last week, where would two and half minutes have made a difference?
- Where will you try to improve your work or relationships through two and half minutes this week?
- What can you do as a team/organization to build a culture where people take the extra time to build stronger connections and do better work?