It’s #DeskfastDay and today we’re asking if your boss should treat you to a #FullEnglish (or a full continental).
We all want to have a comfortable breakfast where we eat with family, taking our time and enjoying conversation. But wouldn’t it be nice to have a relaxed breakfast at work now and then?
Unless you have an office canteen with plenty of tables, you’re probably going to end up eating at your desk. But I think breakfast can still be something of a social experience.
Our suggestion for Deskfast Day
Get your bosses to think about setting up a regular breakfast club for the office, with the aim of getting people from different departments talking as they load up their plates (and fill their tummies) for the day ahead.
Get a folding table and lay out a really good spread. While you might not have the facilities to offer staff a Full English, you should be aiming to do a solid continental breakfast.
We’re talking different types of #cereal and #porridge. Fresh and dried fruit, with yogurt, jam and #honey. Tea and coffee and a selection of juices.
Have a choice of pastries including crumpets, croissants and Danish. Lay out some cured meat and, if your office has good ventilation, #salmon and smoked kipper.
If you’re feeling fancy, you could even make some scrambled egg in the office microwave. #Toast is a given, of course.
(If your health and safety officer allows it, you might be able to get an electric grill for the office. If you’ve got vegetarian colleagues, you might want to cook their food first and then do everyone else’s after.)
If you have staff from around the world, you might even be able to persuade people to bring a breakfast treat from their home country; #Egyptian ful madames is quite tasty, though I got mine tinned from my local corner shop, not fresh in Cairo.
And, if you want to go all out, give people a selection of the day’s newspapers to choose from. Again, this could help promote conversation and interaction between people as they talk about who’s reading what.
While this sounds like a lot of effort and expense, remember I’m not suggesting that it’s a five-day-a-week thing. Instead, treat it like a semi-regular treat, even if it’s only once a month. (It’s also a chance to support local businesses such as bakers and greengrocers.)
Think of it as an investment in your staff, in the same way you might set aside money for an office party or for a taking a team to a dinner.
Except with a deskfast, your colleagues stay in the office after eating and drinking, rather than heading home. (And there won’t be any fumblings in stationery cupboards or lewd photocopies afterwards.)
What would you like to see included in your deskfast? Let us know in the comments.
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