Eat Lunch at a Table (Not Your Desk) and with Someone Else!

Happy New Year!

In the first full work week of 2020, many of us are looking for new ways to build connections with others in our organizations; to build a strong inclusive community that generates ideas, increases employee satisfaction, and lowers turnover. Whether you are a manager, a CEO, or a new employee looking to make an impact, this email is for you! Each week we will send effective strategies and tips that you can use to implement changes in your workplace, regardless of your role. As always, visit Building Bridges Leadership to learn more about how we can support you.

Tip of the Week:

Eat lunch at a table – not your desk. Eat with someone else – and talk about non-work topics!

Work is busy. So many of us eat lunch at our desk while continuing to work on emails or projects. And others eat in a lunch room or cafe, but sit alone and stare at our phone (you may even be reading this while sitting by yourself over lunch!). Ask someone from your organization that you don’t know well if you can eat lunch with them. Then avoid talking about work, or about politics, pop culture etc. Instead, ask them about their life experiences and their life outside of work. You may be surprised by what you learn – both the unique journey each person has taken, and the common experiences you share.

Try this out this week, and let us know how it goes in our Facebook group! We’d love to hear from you.

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Published by Ian Jackson

Ian Jackson is the founder of Building Bridges Leadership, which works with individuals, teams, and organizations to create authentic community in the workplace. He also writes children's fiction and teaches creative writing.

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