What connects people better than food? It is known that a team that cooks and eats together works better together. Cooking together brings a lot of fun, laughter and positive energy.
Do you need more reasons to decide on gastronomic teambuilding?
Cooking workshops encourage teamwork and redistribution of tasks
Chef workshops often operate on a similar model as an organization in a restaurant kitchen, with a hierarchy of chefs who specialize in specific tasks. This means that the kitchen functions on a similar principle as a military unit, which is a great example of teamwork and efficient communication. Creating and implementing a large project can be a task for more employees, more teams, more departments in the company, as well as the preparation and serving of a large meal must be the product of good organization.
Learning new skills
Not everyone cooks. New data shows that in America, less than 60 percent of meals served at home were cooked at home. Lack of cooking skills could seemingly intimidate some employees. However, like any other skill, anyone, or almost anyone, can learn to cook. Just as employees had to learn how to use computers, new software, smartphones and more, so employees with any skill level will be able to teach the basics of cooking, such as:
– Learning recipes
– Preparation of ingredients and little gastronomic secrets for great tastes
– Skills in using cooking equipment
– Getting to know different types of food and cuisine
A good culinary workshop not only introduces people to new ways of thinking about food and food preparation, but can also show that cooking is a manageable and affordable activity. And when people learn some of the basic culinary skills, they may be more open to learning new skills at work.
Inspirational creativity and innovation
Innovation is an important part of any trade or profession. Employees at all levels and roles want a sense of creativity, action, empowerment and excitement. When they do, they are better able to handle more intensive work and better ideas.
Creativity and innovation can be encouraged in many ways in the kitchen. Also, the act of cooking itself does not only produce meals, but can prepare a new project or innovation that helps the organization progress.
Social interaction about something other than work
When we are at work, it is sometimes difficult to talk about anything but work. However, our interactions and relationships can benefit from talking about non-working topics such as sports, family, friends and hobbies. When employees step out of their comfort zones, they can engage not only as colleagues.
Improving friendships outside of the work environment can also benefit the office. Finally, team members understand each other’s strengths and weaknesses. A team that agrees can work well together, which increases the efficiency, productivity and overall value of the organization.
Creativity with food and drink is a great way to build relationships among employees. Not only are these activities fantastically fun, but they are also great learning tools for some of the key business traits of individuals and teams: time allocation, task allocation, creativity, resource planning, innovation, pressure work, and the ability to trust each other cooperates towards a common goal.