Who brings the treats in your office? Small things like candies or the occasional baked goodies. What position does that person hold? Your treat person has come up with a small thing to do to make their coworkers a little happier. I think there is a lesson to be learned from this.
These are not perks that are given out because they are trying to reward anybody. They’re not giving out cookies to try to make friends. They are just making them available as a small token of kindness or good will. They don’t expect anything back, although it is nice if people reciprocate in some manner.
I will be honest and say that I am guilty of having taken advantage of these perks in the past. I have eaten a lot of candy at work and not brought in nearly as much. Now I try to compensate that by bringing in more and consuming less. It works for both my coworkers and my waistline.
As the manager or eight team leader, pay attention to who these people are. Pay attention to what they are distributing to the team. Look for ways you can help out, not by replacing that generosity but perhaps by subsidizing it. Definitely by recognizing them.
And learn from them.
I don’t remember the names of most of the people I worked with all my first job, but I remember Ann and Gloria very clearly. Gloria always had little chocolate bars outside her office. Anne always brought doughnuts on Fridays, including jellies. Each of them probably spends less than $10.00 a week but their names are indelibly written in my mind forever. (And Mary, with her amazing baked goods!)
As a manager you not going to give out big things randomly, but here and there you can cough up some treats, be they food, tee shirts, pens, anything that is useful. If you can make it consumable, in my opinion, that is even better. Those things will get eaten and used. It doesn’t have to be much, it shouldn’t be made a big deal over, but it shows people that you appreciate them.
And for goodness sake, if you’re not a person who is bringing in treats or providing some fun and small service at least chip in a few dollars once in awhile. Quid pro quo is appreciated in this cicumstance!