A study conducted by Cornell University has demonstrated that workgroups who regularly eat together perform better.
Prof Kevin Kniffin and colleagues performed a 15 month study on a large city’s fire department, which included more than 50 firehouses. The department’s supervisors were asked to score their teams’ performance on a scale of zero to 10.
Those teams that shared meals got much higher marks for performance.
Kniffin believes that “From an evolutionary anthropology perspective, eating together has a long, primal tradition as a kind of social glue. That seems to continue in today’s workplaces.”
Are companies who invest in shared catering for their employees getting good returns?
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