Soooo in an effort to be as healthy as possible most of the time, I try to bring my lunch to work most days. I reserve eating out for lunch to lunch dates with my friends. Needless to say, I have spent my fair share of time in break rooms over the years. With all that time spent, I think maybe perhaps we all need a lesson in break room etiquette.
The Microwave – Ahhh yes. The good old nuke ’em machine. Did you know that it is not OK to let your food explode inside of it without cleaning it up? It is rude to the next person that uses it. My husband likes to do that at home. Pisses me off. But you know what….at least it is in our home where just the two of us use it. In public, not cool.
You know what else is not cool, leaving your food in the microwave for a LONG time. There are other people that would like to use it, and don’t want to be rude and touch your food. If you are cooking something for 5 minutes….then you need to be back in the kitchen in 5 minutes 1 second to collect your shit.
The Dishwasher – It is 2013 and we shouldn’t be strangers to how this appliance works. Unless you are my sister, she doesn’t believe in them. That is neither here nor there. But seriously. The concept of the dishwasher is that it is going to wash your dishes for you. So do yourself and most importantly, your coworkers, a favor and put your dishes in the dishwasher. DO NOT LEAVE THEM IN THE SINK. Or on the counter. Or at the table. Or wherever else they don’t belong. You aren’t a five year old, and your
wife mom isn’t here to clean up after you. Rude.
Food – It is not OK to take food out of the community refrigerator that is not yours, or understood communal food. Just because there is a container of hummus in there…it doesn’t mean it is free for the taking. Someone is probably counting on eating off that all week. No, you cant have “a taste.”
While on the subject of food, if your break room doesn’t have a door to shut it off…don’t be bringing your stinky ass fish or other nasty smelling stuff up in there. NO ONE wants to smell nasty food all afternoon while they work.
Talking – It is ok to have friendly chatter with your co-workers while they eat. It is not ok to come bother them with work related stuff. They are on the break for heavens sakes! Also, if someone is reading, and they don’t acknowledge that you walked in….they probably want to be left alone. Leave them alone!
Manners – Smacking and eating with your mouth open are things that we learned not to do around the same time we learned how to clean up after ourselves. Just don’t. Please and thank you.
I think that wraps up the basics. If we all follow along by these unspoken rules, we can all enjoy our most coveted hour of the work day.