Enjoying a Team Meal Goes a Long Way: why and how you should start eating with Coworkers, if you don’t already!

Taking a lunch break with co-workers is a thing of the past; stopping what you’re doing at work to sit down at a table and eat with colleagues has almost become a luxury. Some companies don’t even have a spot within their building to eat on site meals together.

Let’s start off with all the reasons coworkers might NOT want to eat together. One might say, “eating with my peers is a waste of time”, or “it’s too costly to go out with work contacts when I’m on a budget and would prefer to prioritize other relationships”, or “less time spent at my desk during the day, requires more time spent after hours,” or even “taking time to eat with my co-workers leaves me distracted and negatively effects my productivity rate.” Sure, those points are heard; however, with a change in mindset, one will soon realize that the benefits outweigh the aforementioned concerns.

Diving into the benefits, there are many reasons coworkers should WANT to eat together. Shared meals with coworkers help to foster an intimate connection. An intimate connection leads to a deeper relationship. A deeper relationship is based upon a bond. That bond can be incredibly powerful and motivating, and leads to a more cohesive unit. Frankly, these kinds of relationships are required for long term professional success. Additionally, a defined break is proven to recharge one’s mind and body, actually boosting productivity. Such a “work break” among coworkers opens up communication; it can lend to a friendly tone in casual exchanges and respectful dialogue during stressful projects. Through connecting at mealtimes, one can also stay involved in workplace happenings, and establish a network per se.

Family relationships take effort, and so do professional relationships. If you do not feed them each the right nutrients, they cannot grow.

A few suggestions to be successful in efforts to eat with co-workers:

  • Avoid spots with crowded loud, lines
  • Select a sit-down location where you can hear one another
  • Be aware of food allergies
  • Be willing to join your co-worker for a mid-day coffee or accompany them on a walk to pick up a meal
  • Plan co-worker food and drink outings in advance to accommodate different busy schedules

That being said, Sidewalk Food Tours checks the above five boxes, and makes for a great team building exercise in the cold or warm times!

5 Benefits of Team Building Activities (Yes, they’re worth it!)

Team building activities can be fun, but are they really effective? Are they worth the investment?

You’ll do whatever it takes to create a better, more efficient work environment, but is there solid evidence of increased teamwork and communication as a result of team building activities? Here are 5 things Team Building Activities can do for you:

1) Boost Morale

Variety is the spice of life. Getting out of the office to share a new experience can breathe life into a team and revitalize communication. If you’re always in the same routine chances are you’re facing the same challenges day in and day out. Switching things up and spending time together in a new environment can give you a new perspective. When you come back to the routine you just might have inspired a spark of creative thinking that will give your company the boost it needs. And why not enjoy a delicious meal while you’re at it?

2) Encourage Better Communication

Getting out of the usual circles of communication can encourage people to get to know coworkers they might not work with all of the time. The team can benefit from building natural, long lasting relationships, starting somewhere without the pressures of the work environment. When these relationships develop organically in a relaxed context, they are much more likely to promote bonding.

3) Build Familiarity and Trust

Sometimes it’s easy to stay in your shell at work. And while not everyone is a social butterfly, team building activities can promote better engagement from each team member and open people up to a new level of comfort. You can become more familiar with everyone as you see a new side of them emerge. As a result, trust can be built that will lead to stronger bonds and increased productivity. Better team engagement means better teamwork.

4) Make Memories and Create an Office Culture

Days spent with team building activities leave a long lasting impact. Your team not only bonds during, but even afterwards as you look back on a foundational moment. Set the tone for your office and it will have an exponential impact as it makes the workplace comfortable and encouraging.

5) Have Tons of Fun!

What better way to bond than to share a delicious variety of food with someone? Our tours are enjoyable for all and we promise you’ll leave a happy (and very full) team! Cheers!