Let's face it. Lunch time isn't something to brag about for most work places. Sometimes it's down right blah. That needs to change. You deserve it. And if you're an employer , "The family that eats together stays together" might just apply to the work place as well. Here are 3 suggestions to improve lunch time at work.
1. Step away from your desk. Stop. Working. Already! Enough. Take a break.
Ps. where you work, the germs work also. Don't get me started...I'm a nurse and I can go on and on about germs.
2. Make the lunchroom visually appealing and clear of its purpose. I don't care what it takes. Checkerboard tables, a couch, twinkle lights, recliners. Whatever. Make it so you and others find it inviting and relaxing. Clear out the clutter. Does it look like a lunchroom or a storage shed? The workplace family deserves and will function better when eating in a welcoming designated lunch or staff room.
3. Participate in some 10-15 minute "not boring & not work related" activities or presentations. Think wellness or hobby sharing: "How to build an igloo" or "chilli cook off" "fixing a flat tire" "surviving outside in freezing temps". Anything but work related topics.
To recap...Make the lunchroom have a clear purpose. Don't eat at your desk and participate in a non work related activity now and then. Of course my top 3 suggestions might be difficult for some depending on your job or responsibilities. It never hurts to ask or start something yourself. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. Revisit "the family that eats together, stays together".
What are some attempts being made to improve lunch time for staff at Richmond Middle School? Our first lunch topic series starts this week. Staff (and students were invited as well) had the opportunity to hear fitness PE teacher Catherine Patch share her Fit Bit experience. Next step? Hoping for a complete makeover of our staff room. A girl can dream.
To learn more about "Fit Bit" from Ms. Patch visit this RMS Blog