Is the lunch table replacing the dinner table for connection?

by Alison Crowther

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I recently heard a psychologist say how offensive it was for a workplace to compare themselves to a family.


Families are close knit, collaborative and constantly evolving, words seen regularly on recruitment ads. Families can also be dysfunctional, stressful and full of relationship challenges. In absence of a solid family unit can you replace this with workplace connections. Do you catch yourself oversharing personal details to work colleagues in the hope to gather support for your opinion? Is the lunch table replacing the dinner table for connection?


Interpretation is individual and referring to your culture as family could be risky. Generational needs are evolving and the definition of a “family” is as well. At a time when people are becoming increasingly isolated and workplace accountability is on the rise how does a workplace provide security and support to its employees.


Workplace wellbeing is about Positive emotions, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning and Accomplishment.


How is your workplace addressing this criteria ?