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The top 7 benefits of regular team building lunches

June 7th, 2016

Can you believe that as many as 3.8 million Australian workers admit to regularly skipping a lunch break?

This represents a significant chunk of our workforce that power through an average day without pausing to recharge their mental batteries.

Managers and team leaders are always trying to get the most from their team – at the end of the day, it’s the team’s performance that will dictate the business’ success.So, with a nation of workaholics that are shunning their lunch break, maybe holding regular team building lunches is the answer?

A tabe with plates of foodImage: Pexels

 

Let’s take a look at the top 7 benefits of holding a team lunch, and why you should get on board!

      1. Eating together fosters stronger bonds between people, and builds a sense of community among your team. Regular team lunches should be as much about camaraderie as they are about calamari!

 

      1. Team lunches allow an informal environment for conversation, ideas and learning to flourish. Some of the best ideas come when people are relaxed, chatting and bouncing off each other, so give it a chance to happen. Read more about formal and informal learning here

 

      1. Humans aren’t robots. We are programmed to concentrate and function at our highest levels for certain periods, and we need to rest and recharge. You can’t force your team to take a break individually, but there are no excuses for dodging a free team lunch!

 

      1. If you are in a big company, or there are multiple divisions, a team lunch is a great way to get people interacting that may not usually cross paths very often. A workplace where everyone interacts freely can significantly reduce communication and productivity barriers.

 

      1. Team lunches can also be a fantastic way to recognise the achievements of your team, or certain individuals who have made special efforts that week. Employee recognition is a powerful motivator and can be used to full effect in a team lunch setting.

 

      1. Team lunches can be used for idea pitches or presentations. Take your team out of the sterile meeting room and you will probably find less robotic meetings and perhaps a little bit more creativity and engagement.

 

      1. Use it as an opportunity to reinforce a positive company culture. By promoting a fun, lively and generous company culture, you are more likely to get a reciprocal response from your team. Trust us, for the price of a few paninis, you are getting a real bargain. You don’t have to go as far as Chobani, but try to make an effort.  

Whether it’s a team lunch where you book a table for five at your local cafe, or go all out on a company-wide lunch function, the important thing is that you make the effort to engage with your team outside of the office.

Make sure everybody takes a break and is well-fed, and you’re bound to have a happy team on your hands.