This week we were at the HRPA Conference and Tradeshow meeting some awesome people and having great conversations. As part of our time there, we asked people to tell us how they “human up” in their workplaces – how they show care and commitment to others. People had all kinds of great answers, but what struck us the most was how many of them revolve around food.
When you think of about it, it’s not really surprising. Food brings us together, it always has. Food is survival, but it’s also when we build our strongest social connections. When we share not only about our day, but about our values, our interests, our past, and future aspirations. Food comforts and relaxes us and leaves us open to sharing and connecting.
Studies show that when teams take the time to eat with one another, they work better together away from the table. They are better collaborators and problem-solvers. They just mesh better.
So, don’t forego the lunch room for a sandwich at your desk. Encourage people to have a bite together.
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.
How often during the week do you eat with co-workers or have a coffee together? What prevents you from doing this more often?
What types of conversations do you have when you spend time eating with team members?
What can you do as a team or organization to encourage people to share a meal together?