Written by Amy
In today’s hi-tech working environment, people we work with are often surprised to hear that one of our favourite people management tool is the good old cup of tea. Really.
Why? Well, we’re all so busy in our lives, hurtling from one task to another, barely taking a moment to look up and experience the present moment. Stresses from home get carried into work, and vice versa.
As a manager or leader, how better to find out how your people are doing, than to share a cuppa and a chat with them? Ten minutes taken for a brew can reveal an awful lot about how things are going. And we’re not just talking about checking up on work tasks, either. This is the perfect time to glean little nuggets about personal feelings, concerns, aspirations, minor grumbles, small triumphs. You know the kind of thing.
We’re huge fans of Abraham Maslow and his hierarchy of needs. In his famous pyramid, social needs (security) and a sense of belonging rank above achievement and respect by others, unsurprisingly. However, they’re all in there, so they’re all important! And of course, individual people have totally unique motivations and needs. To ensure that your people feel both secure and respected, you do really need to know what’s important to them; what makes them tick.
And how better to do this than informally, away from the cut and thrust, with a hot mug and a rich tea in hand? You don’t have to be best mates with your peers and colleagues, but building trust, mutual respect and eventually loyalty is so much easier when there’s a distracting ritual to help things along. We promise that if you set aside just a few minutes a week for this kind of time-out (one-to-one or as a team), you’ll soon begin to see the benefits.
So what are you waiting for? Put the kettle on, would you?
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