For any small business, teamwork can make all the difference between success and failure. That’s because collaborative teams excel at dividing responsibilities and working towards the same goal. Realizing this, most businesses are focusing on team-building exercises that can bring teams closer.
A simple yet effective team building activity is a potluck.
Potluck or “bring-a-dish” is a popular concept and in case you don’t know what it is, it’s a casual get-together where everyone brings a course or dish.
But what exactly is a potluck and how does it help in building teams?
In simple terms, a potluck is an occasion when attendees bring food to be shared with everyone.
Apart from adding some fun to the workplace, a potluck can also encourage employees to connect with one another over food. Do you sense a growing lack of communication between two team members? A potluck can be of great help.
The Ninestack team held a potluck within its teammates. Each one was allocated the responsibility of bringing a unique dish to the table.
It was a total success, with tables laden with a perfect blend of dishes, desserts and drinks to suit every palate. Everything you could think of, and things you have never dreamed of. Mouth-watering canapes, made by Saviana, stuffed with a mix of mayonnaise and vegetables, platters of puffed rice and chakna drizzled in sauces begging to be dipped in spicy concoctions, the amazingly delightful serradura by Sohail and the virgin mojito by Darshan & Nial. The task of cooking was distributed amongst all of them thus giving each member a chance to shine by allowing them to show off their very best dishes.
Such events often may reveal hidden talents, opportunities for business growth and facilitate conversation among strangers. The very nature of the format gives guests an easy icebreaker: the food itself, who made what and how you got it there.
A potluck is also a great occasion to bring a close-knit team closer. As many small businesses have fewer employees working for them, a potluck lunch can give them a reason to discuss things beyond work.
Whatever you do, remember to have fun and enjoy some good food.