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When an office combines cooking a meal with sitting down to eat together, the organization can build strong bonds between employees. Those bonds can carry over from the kitchen to the conference room, enabling problem-solving, improved collaboration, and increased productivity. By engaging your employees in a cooking class, you can build more productive teams and a stronger organization.
Connecting on-site workers with remote workers in a fun way
In today’s decentralized workspaces, team members can collaborate on a regular basis without ever meeting in person. While remote work has benefits, meeting face-to-face is another way to grow trust across team members and departments.
Since cooking and eating are such essential parts of human life, even strangers can meet up and bond while preparing a meal together. By bringing together remote and in-house personnel, you can help your team get to know each other, work side-by-side instead of just screen-to-screen, and connect not just online but personally. The end result can grow trust, collaboration, and productivity once everyone returns to their keyboards.
Learning new skills
Not everyone cooks. In 2014 alone, fewer than 60 percent of dinners served at home were cooked at home. A lack of cooking skills could make a cooking event or class feel intimidating to your employees. However, like any other skill, anyone can learn to cook. Just as employees have had to learn how to use computers, productivity suites, new software, smartphones, and more, employees of any skill level can be taught the basics of cooking, such as:
Improving camaraderie outside of the office environment can have benefits in the office too. After all, members of a solid team understand each other’s strengths and weaknesses. They can work together to shore up weaker areas while augmenting each other’s strengths. Interacting outside of the office or the regular daily grind can help employees understand each other better—and even enjoy each other’s company more. A team that gets along can work well together, which boosts the team’s effectiveness, productivity, and overall value to the greater organization.
Creativity and innovation can be fostered in many ways—especially in a kitchen. Cooking can boost creativity. (There’s a reason we say an idea-in-progress is “cooking,” after all.) When someone is in the kitchen, they focus on prepping and cooking food—but the mind can be freed to think about other ideas in the background. Have you ever mentioned that you had an idea “percolating” in the back of your mind? Like coffee percolating in the pot, ideas can take time to fully develop in the mind. The kitchen can provide creative space for both.
Employees who cook together will have different conversations—about themselves, work, and ideas. The act of cooking doesn’t just produce meals, it could cook up a new project or innovation that helps move the organization forward.
Trying new things (including new foods and food trends)
Cooking together isn’t just a chance to learn a new skill. It’s also an opportunity to try out new foods, push culinary horizons, and literally get a taste of what’s trending and popular. A cooking class can be set up to balance employee tastes and dietary needs as well as what’s current and interesting.
Cuisines from other cultures or countries, such as Thai, Senegalese, Indian, or German
How to bake
If you want to learn about it (and taste it!), then odds are you can find a culinary class that can customize its offerings to your organization and employees.
No matter the event, class, or theme, cooking together can cook up far more than good food. When employees work together to prepare food, they can generate new ideas and build stronger bonds with their colleagues. A good corporate cooking class can cook up not only a great meal but good ideas, stronger teams, and more innovation throughout your organization.
ZeroCater corporate catering and snacks services provide curated meals and snacks to companies for any office occasion. We partnered with a diverse range of local restaurants, caterers, and food trucks alongside a personalized selection of snacks, beverages, and kitchen supplies, all tailored to your teams’ tastes and dietary preferences. ZeroCater is currently available in the San Francisco Bay Area, New York City, Los Angeles, Austin, Washington D.C. and Chicago. More About ZeroCater
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