Etiquette could write its own bible when it comes to a friendly lunch with your office mates. In part, simultaneous experiences of authentic friendship, relaxed demeanor, and maintained professionalism are hard to come by. And knowing how to behave leisurely together can be challenging when used to task-specific-micro-management.
There will usually be that one worker’s accomplishments or position that someone envies. Or, the drama queen who is difficult to contain. However, when everyone takes responsibility for the health of an office lunch, work productivity and pleasure on the job also increases. In the field of organizational management, agencies are often categorized as leaning toward a collaborative versus competitive model. While competitive edge is at the core of most modern companies, the collaborative agency – defined as one that encourages peer consultation and whole system rather than individual progress – often comes out on top as an employee centered option to balance work and life.
Recently several office lunches took place at McKenzie’s Brew House in Frazer. Here, food and fare is pub-style, but as varied in entree options as the people randomly joined together for a common workers’ cause. This day, the sky could not be clearer, the humidity lower, and the porch dining subsequently packed. But the most notable portion of this day’s lunch consisted of a table of eight coworkers. From them, we gathered the six tips to an office lunch date full of success, probably resulting in an even more successful collaborative agency back at the office:
What they did right:
1. Leave the office together. This step makes it possible to feel a sense of cohesion. Arriving in a staggered formation makes the early arrivals appear as though they are out of the office longer, and those showing up late may feel as though they missed the (French Fries ap) boat.
2. Pick topics that are light. Work is hard-enough, and so – while on break, laugh as often as possible. That said, if your group is familiar enough with one another, updates about personal stress you may unavoidably be bringing to your workweek can be shared here. The pacifier: good food.
3. Work stays at the office. Remember this is a break.
4. Invite the boss, and this way, should the lunch run over, they’re included in the afternoon truancy.
5. Evenly distribute the bill whenever possible. This requires low spenders to carry enough of cash or credit to throw a few extra in for the team. This also means that extreme spending at lunch could be a problem for you AND the team.
6. Don’t drink alcohol unless the boss approves, you are an experienced consumer with an ability to pace and filter, and you’re able to order coffee to-go.