From left to right: Judy, Emma, Lenah, Jacinta, Anne, Janet, Eunice, Joyce, Rhoda.
Since time immemorial the tradition of breaking bread with other people has been one of the most important social interactions. But with the increased dependence and obsession with technology, the things that have traditionally brought us together are at risk of wielding less influence over our daily interactions.
Over the past few weeks, a group of MSK staff has been trying to bridge the gap between technology and interpersonal relations in the office place. Almost every day over lunch hour Jesse, Joyce, Eunice, and a few others gather around a table in the breakout area outside our support office.
According to Eunice, this started just as a bunch of random people trying to find a place to seat and enjoy their packed lunch. With time, however, the mess grew steadily then the same faces started coming back every day. As you can imagine the bond quickly developed among this group of awesome individuals and where one or two are gathered partaking in a meal, juicy stories abound in plenty.
These guys talk about anything and everything. Anything goes …literally. From work related stuff, personal stuff, ideological exchanges, rib cracking recounts of the previous weekend’s escapades, fashion trends and so much more.
According to Dr. Jesse, this experience has been a great opportunity to know his colleagues better. Not only does he get to enjoy his sumptuous lunch but also network with colleagues.
So on this particular day, I have been invited as a special guest Amicus Cibus (Go Google translate that) because it’s not just a typical lunch. Their lunch buddy friendship has blossomed and they’ve decided to take it to the next level by sampling each other’s food.
I think we can call it Koroga – the Marie Stopes way and wow …just wow si this food is on point! I could go on with critiquing the various foods I have tested today but that requires a whole article of its own.
We spend so many hours every day stuck with colleagues in the same room but rarely do we make an effort to cultivate relationships with guys in the office. If you are reading this over lunch time in the office you are probably busy hunched over your phone? Take a moment, look up and have a word with your colleagues seated on the opposite side of the table.
It has been proven that healthy work relationships reduce your stress level, help you get more satisfaction out of your work and creates opportunities to build more trust with the guys you work with.
Maybe you and your office buddies should consider your own KOROGA one of these days. What do you think?