Why You Should Eat With Your Team
Companies are always looking for ways to build bonds among co-workers. Some go to extreme lengths, while others rely on simple team building exercises like games. Either way, these activities take time and money, and sometimes don’t produce the desired result. However, there must be a good way to facilitate team building.
Researchers led by Kevin Kniffin at Cornell University have proposed an idea that is both time and cost effective: eat together. Based of research on firefighters who prepared and ate meals together during their shifts, Kniffin identified significant positive correlations between eating together and team performance
They found that eating together built camaraderie, collaboration, and a boost in productivity.
The officers identified significant positive correlations between eating together and team performance. Cooperative behaviour, for example, was considerably greater—about twice as high—among team members who ate with one another than among those who didn’t.