Each minute of our life is a lesson but most of us fail to read it. I thought I would just add my daily lessons & the lessons that I learned by seeing the people around here. So it may be useful for you and as memories for me.
In any organisation, team work can make all the difference between success and failure. That’s because collaborative teams excel at dividing responsibilities and working towards the same goal. Realising this, most teams are focusing on team building exercises that can bring teams closer.
Maintaining a healthy work culture, one that keeps the entire team motivated and enthused, can be a tough task. You see your employees going through their everyday tasks in a routine, and on the surface, everything might look happy and gay, but you never know when monotony can kick in and leave the entire system uninspired.
Just a small activity is enough to see the change in the overall enthusiasm and energy of the office. It can also be a great way for newbies to feel comfortable and at ease with the rest of the team.
Recently we had a team Potluck lunch organised by my lovely team ladies. Special thanks to my loving Vijaya Ragi & Team for handling everything in a smooth way. It is well planned and organised.
If you want your team to feel energised at all times, to enjoy what they’re doing and love working for you – and for this, you cannot lay enough emphasis on the need for recreational activities. While some offices go for activity outings, we actually have a simpler and cheaper alternative that can be just as rewarding. The other simple yet effective team building activity is a potluck. It can be organised by anyone without costing a penny to the company.
But what exactly is it and how does it help in building teams?
What Is an Office Potluck?
In simple terms, a potluck is an occasion when attendees bring food to be shared with everyone. Whether it has a theme or not, is completely up to the team members.
The main idea is to add some fun to the workplace and encourage employees to connect with one another over food.
How to Organise an Office Potluck
The best thing about a potluck is that you don’t need a big reason to organise it. It could be an occasion to celebrate a holiday or just the first day at work after a long holiday.
You simply need an organiser to send out the emails and coordinate with everyone involved.
Sometimes the organiser may allocate responsibilities to the team members. For example, you may ask two employees to take care of the dessert and two others to bring some appetisers . Or you may choose to let the employees decide among themselves.
Office Potluck for Team Building
Do you sense a growing lack of communication between two team members? A potluck lunch can be of great help.
Get those two employees to plan the potluck. Ask them to coordinate the menu and come up with two dishes that everyone can enjoy.
The objective here is to get them to communicate with each other and find a simple solution. You may or may not oversee how they do this, but the end result can help them connect with each other.
At a later point, you may even speak to the two employees separately to get an idea how they felt about the whole exercise.
A potluck is also a great occasion to bring a close-knit team closer. As many small businesses have fewer employees working for them, a potluck lunch can give them a reason to discuss things beyond work. Often such discussions may reveal hidden talents and opportunities for business growth.
Whatever you do, remember to have fun and enjoy some good food.
Below are some glimpses of my teams Potluck events.
In conclusion, I would like to point out one very important fact. This is the deciding force. More convincing than any research paper or analysis. This is the real, ultimate deal-breaker: Your office is going to be flooded with yummy home-made FOOD for one whole day! Do you still need another reason?
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