Sweets in the Office – Networking Made Easy

October 11, 2017

 

Let’s face it, unless you work at Google or somewhere equally as fancy office-wise, the office environment can be sort of a dull place.  Of course, the whole point of being as work is to, well, work, but that doesn’t mean you can’t spruce things up a bit, right? We’re not talking pods for napping or setting up a pool table in the middle of the your office – let’s not get ahead of ourselves here. Nope, all we’re suggesting is a candy bowl. Yep, a candy bowl.

 

You see, there are tangible career advantages to having a candy dish on your desk. Firstly, it can make you seem more approachable. It gives off the vibe that you’re welcoming – which is always a good thing.

 

Having a candy bowl helps encourage social interaction, so those who may be reticent  a little shy to approach your desk may do so with the lure of a sweet treat. Not everyone takes to being social, and the reward of a candy may make socializing that much easier for them. Helping social interaction is a way to network, creating conversations and building relationships over a simple bowl of candy.

 

This also has the added benefit of bringing people into your workspace that you might not have much interaction with regularly. This can also help you gather important insights that may have otherwise been unavailable.

 

And, if you want to avoid chit-chat talks, steer the conversation towards work. Ask about the status of your colleague’s project or how things went in a meeting you did not attend. The more you interact, the deeper your connections you will build will be with your team members. Who knows what you may overhear the next time someone drops in to grab a sweet!

 

That simple candy bowl can also help break up the monotony of a busy day, giving team members the excuse to get up and stretch, thereby giving their brains an oft-a much needed break. This can significantly help to boost productivity - and there is nothing wrong with a little burst of energy mid-afternoon when people start to lag the day begins to drag on..

Having a candy bowl at your weekly meetings is also a great idea. The sugar can work to boost energy, as mentioned, meaning more creativity and free-flowing ideas as well as more motivation to participate.

 

Sure, a candy bowl may just also mean more interruptions during the day, but often those interruptions are valuable. So, when you’re looking to boost morale or engagement in the your office, or just give employees an excuse to get up from their desks and interact with each others, bring on the treats and see how well they work!

 

Fill your office candy bowl with Kerr’s sweets! We’ve got you covered with a wide range of candies – everything from Lollypops to Scotch Mints to a variety of No Sugar Added candy. Visit www.kerrs.com today and check them out!

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