It’s becoming common practise to stay at your desk and eat during lunchtimes. However, it is easy to become a nuisance without realising so take a look at our list of pointers on office lunchtime etiquette to help you and those around you enjoy those lunchtimes.
- Timing: Many offices have a fixed lunch hour, or a common time around midday where everyone takes a lunch break, so try and stay within these times to have your lunch. With everyone eating or taking a lunch break around the same time, you are less likely to distract each other.
- Avoid smelly food: Avoid bringing curry or fish into the office. This also includes microwave popcorn. The smell lingers in the office and kitchen but also on your breathe, creating an unpleasant working environment.
- Interruptions: Usually people calling won’t know you are at your desk eating so expect distractions and interruptions. The best thing to do is put your phone on silent because in case you do have to answer, it wont be pleasant with a mouth full.
- Hygiene: It is better if you can avoid eating at your desk and instead go to a break out area but if you have no other choice, consider the hygiene factors. From washing your hands to your desktop office supplies, remember things can get messy. This means being careful of any spillages or accidents too. Make a point to have tissues or bacterial wipes close by for after you’ve finished.
- Brush after: It is recommended by every dentist that you should brush after eating, so if the facilities are adequate, leave a toothbrush and toothpaste at your desk so you can brush after lunch.
Follow these simple tips to ensure you have an enjoyable lunch whilst making it pleasant for those you work with.