While there are countless stigmas surrounding conversations “around the water cooler,” one stereotype is consistent–the water cooler is a place where people talk.
Every office environment should have a “water cooler” of sorts. It should be a place where the team can get together, socialize and talk. It could be a break room or coffee or bar or cafeteria. Depending on the setting, a company can even strategically sculpt the environment to make the “water cooler” zone a place where innovation is born and inspiration is shared. The value of those hallways conversations and comments is wildly undervalued.