When I became a lead, one of the first things a manager told me, not my own, was that having candy at hand to ease conversation was essential. Apparently, it's something everyone is told, because there's so much of it lying on every guest table. Despite liking to feed my team - I've made them pancakes on a griddle in my office before - I've never done the candy bit. It's one of those practices that's so common, that it feels a bit condescending to implement it, even if it means free food.
Title: Still, a step up from your previous strategies.
Snarky: The important thing is to have, as we managers like to say, "a good influence strategy." Candy?