Stop Grossing Out Coworkers When Eating At Your Desk
Who has an hour to break for lunch anymore? Many of today’s professionals have more work on their plates than they know what to do with. So much so, in fact, that they end up bringing their plates to their desk to cram food down their gullets during the workday because they don’t have the time to grab a bite to eat and relax for 30 or 60 minutes.
If you find yourself in that category, don’t sweat it — you wouldn’t be alone. According to a report by U.S. News, nearly 40% of American and Canadian workers eat at their desks.
To ensure your coworkers don’t hate your guts if you have to eat with one hand on the keyboard, consider the following:
It’s not a competition to see who can chew the loudest
Ever have a coworker who loved to snack loudly on chips every afternoon? It’s even worse when they chew on those crunchy chips with their mouth open. Unfortunately, it’s one of those things that you don’t notice until you do. And once you do, your life is never the same, and it can become impossible to concentrate.
Don’t be the person who microwaves fish
Have some supersweet leftovers that you’re stoked to reheat? If they’re smelly or messy, save them for dinner. Just like this reddit thread says, there’s a special place in hell reserved for those who befoul the office’s communal microwave by reheating creatures from the ocean. While you’re at it, don’t burn popcorn in the microwave, either.
Do your best to sync your appetite
If you were extremely hungry and your coworkers came back to their desks with delicious sandwiches from a nearby deli and munched on them in front of your face, you’d probably be at least slightly annoyed. Not only will your peers be more receptive to your disgusting eating habits when you’re all chowing down at the same time, but you’ll also bond with them over conversation and trips to the cafeteria or nearby deli.
Clean up after yourself
If your parents didn’t teach you to clean up after yourself, that’s okay — you can teach yourself. Whether you’re sharing a kitchen or a workspace, or even if your desk is within eyesight of your colleagues, make sure to throw away your garbage and clean up your messes. No one likes picking up after you, so don’t be a slob.