Lunch time it’s constantly taken for granted in the workplace. This small break not only allows you to fuel yourself- you MUST have it if you want to keep going through- but it’s also a time that has a series of rules of etiquette that must be followed in any office setting- of course, only if you want to avoid misunderstandings and future conflicts.
1. BE CIVIL
In your dream world you would not be eating at your desk, but in many offices, this happens all the time- somehow many of us are making it a custom. Therefore, let’s try to do it with civility and pay more attention to the food rather than to your desktop. That means making reasonable chewing noises, not eating things you dropped on the floor (sorry), and cleaning up any crumbs or drips when you’re done.
2. DON’T BE AFRAID OF SMELLY FOOD
Everyone has a set of personal preferences regarding smells; as a result, trying to get food with no smell it’s almost impossible. You just can’t control this one. That said, if you are going to bring something especially smelly, it is courteous to dispose of wrappers or leftovers in a trash can outside the office room. If it is really strong, I would recommend to eat it in the kitchen.
3. DON’T HOG THE MICROWAVE (OR ANYTHING ELSE, PROBABLY).
Try to warm your food for a reasonable amount of time- within the time frame of 10 minutes Maximum. Some co-workers may want to use the microwave around the same time.
4. KEEP YOUR NUTRITIONAL INSIGHTS TO YOURSELF
Do not comment on what other people are eating or how they are eating it, even if you mean it in a very nice way. Always respect your co-worker personal food choices. Soooo, if you’re going to comment at all, the only acceptable thing to say is ‘That smells good!’ or ‘That looks good!’.
5. TREAT KITCHEN LIKE IT IS PUBLIC SPACE, BECAUSE IT IS PUBLIC SPACE
Don’t make a mess. If you make a mess, clean it up. Wash your own dishes and your cups of coffee.
6. TREAT THE REFRIGERATOR AS A COMMUNAL TERRITORY
If it’s a big office, I would recommend putting your name on your food, and PLEASE doesn’t eat other people’s food. Make sure whatever you’re storing in there isn’t dripping- it could cause a very strong smell. Seal your containers. Also, try to do periodically cleaning to make sure you don’t have any forgotten food in there.
7. BE INCLUSIVE.
Go out for lunch with your coworkers and get to know them offsite. It is generally advisable to invite others along at least some of the time. This is likely to work in your favor professionally. Sometimes you gotta give something, without waiting for something in return.
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