Work Load in Publishing Companies
The publishing industry is facing a bit of a challenge. The growing connectivity that the world has now access to provide ease of access to hopeful authors to get their work noticed by publishing houses. This way, these publishing houses are bombarded with so many requests for book publishing, that they could create an entire library just out of unpublished works.
According to Bowker’s annual report, the number of self-published books reached the 1 million mark in 2017. That is just self-published books. What about those that go through publishing channels? You get the picture.
This puts an immense strain on publishing houses and, in particular, their employees. Overtime work. Short deadlines. Multiple book reviews.
Those are just some of the challenges the employees face. Others included the lack of opportunities to bond with the other members of the company. Imagine working for long hours without contact with your working pal. There has to be a way to get them together, and additionally, help them alleviate stress, isn’t there?
One word; cooking.
Cooking and team building
According to research done by Cornell University, one of the ways to add synergy to teams and build performance is to encourage them to eat together Studies have also shown that eating together leads to healthier lifestyles.
That is fantastic! Everyone loves to eat and there are not a lot of people who would say no to share a large slice of pizza at the workplace. Extra pepperoni, please!
In a workplace, sharing a meal allows the employees to bond, find solutions to stress, and create a better working atmosphere. By adding cooking to the equation, we can bring together employees. Moreover, such activity can prevent employees from experiencing burnout.
When you add cooking as a team task, you tend to help every member of the team to reap the following benefits:
– You can encourage teamwork
– They learn new skills, especially cooking, that are vital skills to have to life
– It inspires innovative thinking and creative growth
– You promote social interaction between employees on subjects other than work (also a stress reliever)
– It might not seem obvious but through cooking, you can connect on-site employees to remote workers in a fun way. Go, team!
But the question arises, how can you get such an activity started.
1) Well, pick a cuisine to start with It could be something simple or you can let the employees choose what cuisine they want to cook and eat (another motivation to build the team)
2) Based on employee recommendation, choose a good location to get cooking! If it is outdoor based cooking, ensure that you have the necessary tools required such as a barbeque set, a firebox for smoker, pans, bowls, and other necessary tools.
3) Try to determine the cooking experience and ability of the employees
4) Once that is done, you can get them started cooking on a specific dish or a number of dishes of their choice.
Remember, the trick is to keep it challenging, but not in the way that you would expect a show as a master chef to do so. With that, you can bring out the best in your employees, ensure that work conditions are always suitable for them and get their motivation levels high!
Happy cooking (and eating, of course!)