The Water Cooler Effect – n. The effect created by two or more employees having an informal, face-to-face conversation, as though at a water cooler.
This phrase was always synonymous with whatever was newsy and/or buzzworthy. That pop culture or political event that you couldn’t wait to get to the office and talk about. If this photo had been taken back in 1980, this group might be gathered around the water cooler to debate “Who shot JR?”
In this digital age, we go online to interact with each other. We tweet what we find newsworthy. I remember watching the presidential debates 4 years ago. I had my laptop on my lap opened to my Facebook page. I watched and participated in many conversations and debates that unfolded on Facebook through status updates and comments on statuses. The Internet provides us with an opportunity to gather around the “water cooler” with our friends and family that live many, many miles away.
Here at Telovations, we don’t gather around the water cooler. But we do have one spot that brings us together.
Rich’s White Board.
Every day we stop by Rich’s Corner of Telovations to check out his white board. He provides us with a fun little distraction – an excuse to step away from our desks for a second. We have to know what the day has in store:
It may be an opportunity to celebrate a national holiday….
It’s a reminder that sometimes, it’s the little things that bring us together.
You can keep up with Rich’s White Board by clicking here and liking us on Facebook. It is updated most days…we do have to let him do his job sometimes.
What about you? Does your business have a unique way that brings your team together? If so, please share!