30 years ago, high fliers ‘Power Lunched’. Even office workers visited the staff canteen. Today, our high fliers are often lucky to leave their desks at all, and lunch ‘al-desko’ is common.
This is not healthy either for the employees or the employers – it encourages an unhealthy lifestyle and inhibits the development of good teams. Google have identified that by providing good food on site for everyone, staff don’t rush out for lunch, they can visit on-site restaurants free of charge where they can meet up with colleagues and eat healthy, tasty and interesting food.
When staff eat together, they form strong working relationships. Issues can be discussed by individuals from different departments and innovative solutions arrived at – all over the lunch table.
You don’t have to go to the extent that Google has; arrange a lunchtime team meeting – everyone brings their food, perhaps even shares it, and work carries on in a more relaxed environment.
You may be surprised at the results!