Unpleasant Workplace Eating Habits: Are You a Victim or an Offender?

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Unpleasant Workplace Eating Habits: Are You a Victim or an Offender?

bad workplace eating habitsIt’s lunchtime and the office kitchen is crowded with people using the microwave. The smells slowly begin to aggregate: Lean Cuisine here, leftover greasy food there. Then, before anyone can intervene, somebody commits the biggest offense of all: reheating last night’s salmon dinner.

Have you been a victim of smelly food? Or worse, are you the perpetrator — the insensitive person, who burns the daylights out of microwave popcorn, allowing that artificial-butter-on-fire smell to permeate the office? If so, maybe it’s time for an intervention.

Stomach-churning food in the office

  • Reheated seafood. Gross.
  • Burnt popcorn. Fastest way to lose microwave privileges, forever.
  • Microwaved boiled cabbage. Can you not smell that?
  • Cooked broccoli. Save it for home, it’s too pungent for the office.
  • Corn Nuts. When chewed, these sound like tiny, yet very real, landmines of crunch that make people twitch. Plus, Corn Nut breath is highly offensive.
  • Eggs. Let’s face it, they smell rotten.
  • Anything with onions and garlic. The lingering effects will keep more than just vampires away.

Eating habits that drive your coworkers crazy

  • Chewing with your mouth open, loud chewing, talking with your mouth full, or leaving crumbs everywhere.
  • Eating loud, crunchy food such as apples or chips.
  • Double dipping at office potlucks. Manners, please.
  • Slurping. Whether you are drinking tea or enjoying soup, do so quietly, without those sloppy sounds that make people sick.
  • Meal Commenters: “That looks disgusting.” “How can you eat that?” And the worst, “That is so fattening!” Keep your opinions to yourself.
  • Not cleaning up your mess. You are a grownup. Please recycle, throw away your waste, and wash your dishes.
  • Leaving your lunch in the fridge way past the expiration date. Grow your science experiments elsewhere.
  • Failing to clean out the microwave after something explodes or extrudes food inside.
  • Burping. A discreet burp here or there after a meal is understandable, but the long, loud, resonant burps some people conjure up, followed with a smile and glance around the room border on abuse.
  • Flossing or picking your teeth at your desk. There is a time and a place.
  • Eating food that isn’t yours from the communal fridge. Don’t be that person.

By Samantha Collier


About Samantha Collier

Samantha Collier is a well-respected social media specialist in the Canadian legal realm. An experienced practitioner of online social networking, Samantha also has experience working in-house in business development for a national IP firm, but has worked in marketing and client acquisition for over 13 years.

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