As a kid at school, my favourite time of the day was little lunch.
Well, that’s what we called it then. I think now it’s called something dull like ‘first break’ or ‘snack’.
Little lunch back then was exciting. We weren’t expected to eat our boring old sandwich at this time or even necessarily eat fruit. Usually it was when we’d eat the treat our mum or dad had popped in our lunchbox. Like some cheese or a slice of cake.
Now that I work in an office, I still get to eat “big lunch” (at least in theory I do) but the earlier morning catch up with friends around a snack has been lost. We don’t make time for it as much as we once did and I, for once, would like to see it make a comeback. Here’s why.
1. It brings people together.
The “watercooler chat” isn’t just a saying. Once upon a time you’d actually come across your workmate at the watercooler and as small talk rules dictate, you would have to discuss last night’s episode of Masterchef or The Bachelor or any other timely television event.
If this was a discussion that we got to have today, as a group, with a dedicated time when we were encouraged to have a chat whilst sitting around the communal office kitchen table, nibbling on cheese and biscuits, IMAGINE the euphoria and camaraderie.
2. It makes you feel good.
Some work places don’t make it easy for people to get to know others. A safe, great workplace is one where you can feel that you are comfortable with your fellow colleagues and this stems from hanging out with those people, even for a short period of time, eating.
3. It gives you a reason to organise a “do”.
Now when I say a “do”, I mean a morning tea with purpose. One where you can raise money, like the Cancer Council’s Biggest Morning Tea or to celebrate the end of the hideous moustaches in the office for Movember.