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Thought for food: Tips for bringing grub to the workplace

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in Leaders & Managers,People Management

Joe hears about National Doughnut Day (annually held the first Friday of June) on the radio during the commute in and decides to pick up a dozen for the office. Lisa has appetizers left from her daughter’s graduation party and figures co-workers might enjoy them. Ellen and David have birthdays this month, and what’s a celebration without cake? And the team always gets pizza after landing a new client, so ... you get the picture.

Everyone means well. Food is fun, and we all grew up hearing that we shouldn’t waste it (see box below). But what role should it play in the workplace?

Bonding

People both need and like to eat. Thus, food acts as a convenient way to bring people together.

“Office food provides an opportunity for colleagues to proverbially break bread,” says Jennifer Kaplan of the Culinary Institute of America. “This ancient ritual is well known to break down barriers and build connections among people...(register to read more)

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