Follow Proper Dining Etiquette in the Office

5 Oct

Good office etiquette does not involve microwaving fish.

Most workers have a love-hate relationship with the office microwave. You’re grateful that it’s there, but at the same time you’re repulsed by it. In some cases, the same thing goes for the office refrigerator. When so many different people with varying tastes in food are forced to come together, it can really stink. Literally.

A certain dining etiquette must be followed in cubeland in order to avoid offending your neighbors. Unfortunately, this chapter of office etiquette is often left unspoken, and is up to the discretion of each individual to follow. While it’s unreasonable to expect your co-workers to bring completely odorless food for breakfast or lunch at work, there are many, many options available that won’t put you on the naughty list of office etiquette offenders. Try things like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, salads, lunchmeat, fruit, yogurt, cottage cheese, crackers and cheese, pitas and hummus, chips, cereal, and cold leftovers.

Starve Before Eating These Foods in Cubeland:

·         Microwaving Fish

·         Maple syrup

·         Curry

·         Fast Food French Fries

·         Freshly Popped Popcorn (popping it at home & bringing it in a ziplock bag will get rid of most of the smell )

·         Salami

·         Broccoli

·         Garlic

·         Certain cheeses

·         Raw onions

·         Hard-boiled eggs

·         Refrigerated cooked chicken

If you feel that you must break office dining etiquette and bring one of these offensive foods for lunch, then fine. Take yourself outside for a picnic with your stinky food. And remember to bring gum to freshen your breath afterwards…

For more reading on lunchtime office etiquette, check out The Wall Street Journal article, “A Field Guide to Obnoxious Eating.”

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2 Responses to “Follow Proper Dining Etiquette in the Office”

  1. M. Phyllis Jerpi October 9, 2011 at 9:33 pm #

    Are you saying that you don’t want your refrigerated salad to smell like your co-worker’s fresh cod?

    • thejerp October 9, 2011 at 10:26 pm #

      Mmm fishy lettuce….

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