Few of us think of eating as a process, but it is. And, just like any process, there are wastes that can be categorized into the 7 Wastes. For example, one could even commit Overproduction – in other words, eat more than is needed. The customer in this case is your stomach. Religious folks call this Gluttony. But, we’ll steer away from anything religious.
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The point is this: if you’re eating more than your body needs, you’re overproducing and getting more calories than you need. The result? You’ll probably gain weight. Interestingly, Facebook knows all about this and has come up with an interesting way to mistake-proof the eating process 1.
Facebook is growing and is in need of expanding their Headquarters. And, they’ve needed to look at their approach for providing free food to their employees, a perk that Facebook employees really love. But, how do they avoid the behavior that almost always comes with anything “free” attached to it, especially “free food”?
What do you see in the picture below? Or, more accurate, what don’t you see? Notice there is no tray — Facebook thinks you’ll eat too much unless you only carry a plate. In other words, this is a way to Poka-Yoke the waste of overeating.
What do you think? Do you think something as simple as not providing a tray will prevent the behavior of getting more food than you need?
- source: http://mashable.com/2012/04/07/facebook-hq/#57853Facebook-Food ↩