November 19, 2010
Our article this week on eating at your desk brought in many e-mails, Facebook conversations and Tweets.
Christine couldn't believe that one of our experts suggested setting the table at your cubicle as if you're eating out at a restaurant. "I understand that people want to enjoy their food, but lighting a candle? Is that even legal in the workplace?" she asked. (The expert works from a home office.)
"I have my own little Tupperware party!" wrote Anne. "I put different things in different containers, and pull them out at different times throughout the day. My co-workers make fun of me because I'm sort of obsessive about making sure one food doesn't touch the other."
Overall, many readers agreed with our expert that getting away from your desk at lunch can be beneficial.
"An hour away from all the pressure, I think it's important," said Evan. "I don't mind if others eat at their desks. I am a workaholic, but that time alone with my iPad is important."
"I actually try to eat at a new place every day," said Stacy. "I work downtown so there are so many places to choose from. Problem is it's getting cold, so my exploring won't be as far from work now."
"I always leave the office at my lunch hour because my office is pretty gloomy," said Sam. "Even if I just walk down to the cafeteria, I have to get a change of scenery or I'll lose it."
"I shop on my lunch break," said Linda. "I never have time to go to the store, so sometimes I do hit the grocery store so I don't have to worry about it after work."
"I walk during lunch for about 35 to 45 minutes, which only give me 15 minutes to eat -- at my desk," explained Rita. "It keeps me from being late coming back from lunch and stops me from overeating."
"I've heard everything from employees justifying early work departure based upon the notion that cubicle cuisine doesn't count as a lunch hour, to workers demonstrating their diligence," wrote Mark. "Has a generation lost the art of conversation & social etiquette earned by dining away from work?"
What did we leave out?
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