You may smile at the thought, but the power of a big box of donuts is not to be underestimated. Whether it be a weekly 8 AM meeting or a 3-hour power session, fresh donuts and pastries can help improve group dynamics (and so much more).
Here are some things donuts can do:
Set a positive tone when gathering a new team together. Food is a known ice breaker and will help put people at ease.
Provide that little extra nudge so participants attend personally. With the prospect of a warm apple fritter to add to their coffee, remote attendees may just start showing up for the meeting.
Act as a pick-me-up if the discussions go long. Sugar can help improve people’s attention, at least temporarily.
Create a convenient pause during tense moments. When discussing contentious topics, people can have an excuse to stand up and move around the room.
And finally…create an excuse to end the meeting when the donuts run out. (Ok, that’s a stretch).
The Bottom Line
Project Management is about people. A positive environment for your team encourages a successful outcome. So whatever your motive for buying those glazed or old-fashioned, know that they will make your job a little easier, even if they also make your belt a little tighter.