If you haven’t heard, the folks behind Peeps (that fluffy, sugary Easter treat) is coming out with Peeps-flavored milk. By mid-March, Marshmallow Milk, Chocolate Marshmallow Milk, and Easter Egg Nog will hit store shelves.
Excited? Or disgusted? Because there have been some very mixed reactions to this shocking news, here’s a fun experiment you can give your employees: offer them a cup and see how they react. Believe it or not, this little test can actually tell a lot about your employee’s personality and whether or not they’re a good fit for your organizational culture.
Never in a Million Years
If your employee doesn’t have any dietary restrictions (lactose intolerance, allergies, vegan), and they refuse to take a sip, here’s what you can decipher from various negative reactions:
“I’ll stick to good ol’ milk”: Your employee is more traditional and prefers to stick with the old ways that they know and are used to. This could also mean they’re resistant to change or have a hard time accepting future shifts in your organization.
“Why would I do that?”: Sometimes people need justification for performing certain tasks. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing — your employee needs a clear direction. They need to know if the certain task will contribute to the company’s success or if it’s just busywork.
“That’s never going to happen”: This person refuses to try new things. It might be concerning if you ever decide to introduce new tools, software, or processes.
Depending on the severity of their reaction and their tone, an employee’s negative response can trigger a red flag. However, it doesn’t mean you need to fire them right away. Keep an eye on how they truly react when change really does happen in the organization.
Bring It On!
Now what if your employee had the opposite reaction? If they’re willing to give themselves a sugar coma, here’s what you can uncover about their work style:
“I’m not too sure, but I guess I’ll try”: Despite feeling hesitant, your employee trusts your judgment, and they’re willing to give something new a try.
“I’m in!”: This person is gung ho about their work and the culture. They roll with the punches and freely accept change.
“Let’s get everyone on the team to try it”: Nothing spells out "team player" more than having someone rally everyone up to try out a sugar-laced drink.
In the end, everyone has their own opinion about the milk (whether they tried it or not). And although it’s critical to have an aligned culture, it’s also even more important to accept everyone’s differing opinion. So grab yourself a carton of Peeps milk and let your employees play the tasting game.