Uncover what your cohort’s favorite candy bar is and show up first thing in the morning with this little pick-me-up, especially after a tough game. The personal knowledge of knowing their favorite brings real connection and will make you stand out from the crowd. After all, Dr. Drew Ramsay, a physician who specializes in brain health wrote: “Sugar is vital for your brain health—which is the biggest guzzler of the sweet stuff in your body, FYI.”
You know the feeling. It’s 3PM and your energy is waning, to say the least. The yawning and heavy eyes, the intense desire to crawl under your desk to take a quick siesta - yep, it’s the dreaded afternoon slump!
When the afternoon slump hits, motivation, focus, and productivity can all take a dive. That report your team member has been staring at for 30 minutes starts to look like a big, blurry jumble of letters and numbers instead of customer service satisfaction stats. To add insult to injury, some people become grouchy and irritable as their blood sugar dips.
Be the “sweet leader” who stocks up on and passes out yummy treats to help their team get through the afternoon slump. Your team members will appreciate the pick-me-up and having the energy and stamina to push through the rest of the work day. And as delicious as chocolate bars and other candies are, don’t forget about some of the slightly healthier options, like granola bars and trail mix. In fact, did you know that dark chocolate has some unique advantages? It is truly a healthy food (closer to the category of nuts than candy) given the high levels of healthy fat and antioxidants it contains. Plus, it has abundant fiber and magnesium. Additionally, it provides a little caffeine, as well as a satisfyingly decadent feeling!
This week, I challenge you to do some recon and find out what your team members’ favorite sweet treats are. Go to Costco or Sam’s or another bulk store and buy a large variety pack of assorted goodies. That way you have various options on hand when you notice an employee who is hitting the afternoon slump. Slip them a candy bar or other treat - the sugar rush is sure to pump them up and add a bit of positivity to their day!
FUN FACT: The history of candy bars actually began back in 1847. The first chocolate bar was made in Britain by Joseph Fry and his son, who pressed a paste made of cocoa powder and sugar into a bar shape. The chocolate bar was further developed in 1849 when John Cadbury introduced his brand of the chocolate bar.