Friday, June 28, 2013

Use Chocolate and Classical Conditioning to Establish Goodwill with Coworkers

Are you an administrative assistant or secretary looking to shore up your popularity with you work staff? You can use chocolate treats and conditional learning to get a quick boost.

You will need: 
  • A candy dish to keep on your desk
  • A supply of small candies at least some of your coworkers will actually enjoy
  • Don't be giving away standard-sized chocolate bars here, larger portion size will scare away the perpetual dieters.  I find it best to go for the fun-sized treats which easier to rationalize snacking on.
  • Choose treats that will go over well with the people you are attempting to fool into liking you.  I usually use Dove brand individually wrapped pieces of dark chocolate. It's not a bad idea to include the type of candy your boss/superiors are fond of. Not everyone in my office enjoys dark chocolate, but my boss and my boss's boss both do, so that's what I stick too.
  • Now I cannot stress this next part enough, do not use crappy-quality candy.  No old lifesavers or candy-corns left over from your kids Halloween stash. 
  • Make sure you use individually-wrapped candies so that you don't scare off the folks afraid of germs.
  • If you don't want your candy bowl to empty too quickly, never fill the dish.  5 - 7 pieces usually does it.  If you put too much in, people will perceive your overflowing cornucopia of treats as an excuse to dip into it more frequently versus more modestly filled dish.
  • If you're lucky, some of the more frequent visitors to your candy dish will feel residual guilt for constantly taking advantage of your kindness. This is a good development, as people that feel like they are in debt to you helps ensure their good behavior.
  • You don't have to spend too much money on this nifty trick, I spend about 5 bucks every two weeks in order to keep my bowl stocked.
  • These tricks won't help you win over everyone. You still probably need to be decent at your job and nice to people. Providing your coworkers with an occasional treat is no excuse for being unhelpful or a jerk.
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