Need to invigorate your work routine? Try crashing the office lunch table. Greg Lindsay (greglindsay.org) has written extensively on workplace productivity and noted recently that researchers at the MIT Human Dynamics Laboratory concluded that workers who had chance conversations, unintentional meetings and casual office conversations were more productive than those who worked alone. Informal communications, as opposed to structured meetings, allows conversations, thoughts and ideas to flourish. In turn, these conversations can have a replication ffect throughout the workplace and can foster “serendipity” moments where ideas become action.
Now get up, and find someone to talk to!