If you've been struggling to connect with your employees, a great place to reconvene is the coffee shop. The first coffee shop was open in the 1500's
If you’ve been struggling to connect with your employees, a great place to reconvene is the coffee shop. The first coffee shop was open in the 1500’s in Constantinople and the success has boomed. Starbucks, although feeling quite ‘noughties’ opened it’s doors in 1970.
Whilst our offices have changed and more businesses than ever are focused on teh comfort of colleagues, the coffee shop will for the foreseeable future be a hive of activity, from a hub for the freelance workers to the cliche of the novel writer who spends more time selecting a muffin than making inroads on their manuscript, the coffee shop feels like somewhere that doesn’t stand under the normal rules of the workplace.
That’s why the coffee shop represents a great place to visit when it comes to business affairs, and
Barista Matthew Hanson says: “We see all types of people come in, and the whole ethos is to give a homely feel. You see everything from here, people crying, laughing…It’s the halfway between the pub and a home I suppose. I often see managers here for meetings.”
We ask if he’s ever seen anything particularly interesting.
“A manager was having a meeting in here with a colleague who was very junior. They looked petrified and the manager laid into them, her voice went up and she sounded almost hysterical. She would then notice herself and would switch to being sweetness. I wouldn’t want to work for her.”
Naturally, the coffee shop isn’t the best place to conduct critical affairs or items of a private nature. A dressing down in public reflects poorly on you and your business/ But the catch-up, the questions that can’t be asked in the open plan office – these can all happen at the coffee shop Encourage your managers to get out for a cup!