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Eating in office way before and after lunch time is antisocial

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DyslexicScientist Thu 07-Jan-16 11:30:48

A few people in the office eat about 11am and 3pm. I wouldn't mind so much but the food is smelly andthey are noisey eaters (cutlery on a plate like they are playing a drum).

Aibu to think eating at your desk should just be limited to around lunch?

G1veMeStrength Thu 07-Jan-16 11:33:09

YABU - if eating at desks is allowed, it should be allowed all the time. Otherwise I would be deprived of the joy of a mid morning bacon butty.

I've been at work since 7.30am so it feels like lunch time NOW I have to admit...

biscuitkumquat Thu 07-Jan-16 11:34:04

I don't think anyone should be eating full meals at their desk at any time.

It's not hygenic, it's not nice for other people trying to work.

Workplaces don't give "lunch breaks" because they're benevolent, they do it because they have to. People work better if they step away from work & actually have a break.

Snacking is absolutely fine, but full meals. No.

DyslexicScientist Thu 07-Jan-16 11:35:57

Otherwise I would be deprived of the joy of a mid morning bacon butty.

Well no, you don't have to eat that at your desk. There are break rooms for this.

DyslexicScientist Thu 07-Jan-16 11:37:13

I kind of agree biscuit cum, but I do sometimes eat at my desk when I have errands to run at lunch. But I'm quite, have cold non smelly food and do it when its empty.

echt Thu 07-Jan-16 11:37:19

Eating at all at the desk is horrible.

Snacking as a get-out is no excuse, because the full meal-types will just say they're snacking.

echt Thu 07-Jan-16 11:39:48

I'm on a roll now: everyone thinks their food doesn't smell:


The apple

The fucking bananas

The muesli and milk.

Don't start me on the noise.

RatherBeRiding Thu 07-Jan-16 11:40:12

Rather depends on your office set up. If its open plan, but there is a staff room, then they should eat there. However, some companies get rather arsey about people taking unscheduled breaks, hence people snack at their desks. I've always done it. Sandwiches, cup-a-soup etc - can't see the problem.

My present employer doesn't have a break room. Plus, I can't be away from my desk too long during core hours without a good reason. Previous employer - was in a small open plan office. No break room. We all ate whenever we felt like it. It really depends on your particular set up.

aurorie11 Thu 07-Jan-16 11:40:44

Not every office has a break room, mine doesn't

MitzyLeFrouf Thu 07-Jan-16 11:41:14

It only bothers me if the food is smelly (reheated fish! Argh) or noisy (museli munchers! Argh).

expatinscotland Thu 07-Jan-16 11:41:17


OnlyLovers Thu 07-Jan-16 11:41:58

YABU. Who says lunchtime has to be a fixed time anyway? (unless the nature of your work/workplace dictates it, obvs.)

I get hungry about every two or three hours so often have my 'main' lunch at about 12, and something else mid-morning and mid-afternoon.

Having said that, I do wish my office had a canteen or area we could eat lunch in, just because it's healthier to get away from your desk for a bit.

echt Thu 07-Jan-16 11:42:13

Good point about staff rooms. My work has one, hence my rant.

redjoker Thu 07-Jan-16 11:50:19

i dont have a staff room, or a sink, and my running water is from a garden tap! Luckily though I only have one other colleague too so I do what I want!

I do have a microwave though #win

Agree with smelly foods though, get your egg sarnies out of my face!

ButImNotTheOnlyOne Thu 07-Jan-16 11:54:09

Eating at your desk in a shared office is bleugh
The smell, the noise, the talking with the mouth full, the encrusted food on the keyboard, the dirty plates left on the side.
Ten flipping minutes in the staff room isn't going to kill your productivity.

StealthPolarBear Thu 07-Jan-16 11:54:29

" People work better if they step away from work & actually have a break."
Some people. Not all. This is one of those myths that appears to have taken off along with the breakfast stuff.

MitzyLeFrouf Thu 07-Jan-16 11:54:45

We don't have a staff room either.

wasonthelist Thu 07-Jan-16 11:55:55


DyslexicScientist Thu 07-Jan-16 11:58:33

Obviously all food has a smell, but there is a huge difference between a microwaved curry or tuna salad with a cold salad wrap.

DyslexicScientist Thu 07-Jan-16 11:59:50

Even if you don't have a staff room, there must be somewhere to eat a bacon s quickly.

Isn't there a legal requirement for a breakout room?

MitzyLeFrouf Thu 07-Jan-16 12:01:41

Nope. We're in the process of refurbishing new offices but for the moment all spare spaces are being used for meetings.

Everyone eats at their desks and no one seems to have a problem with it. And we're quite a vocal lot so I don't think people are keeping a polite silence.

redjoker Thu 07-Jan-16 12:02:00

I work in two locations, and in my previous job, AND the one before that- no staff rooms

Artandco Thu 07-Jan-16 12:02:09

Many haven't a staff room

Also I start work very early often so eat breakfast later and therefore lunch later. So 6am in office I don't fancy breakfast at 5.30am so i would eat something at 9am or so, then lunch about 2.30pm

You would love our office, we have a nutribullet machine! Buzzing away at various times of the day

nanodragon Thu 07-Jan-16 12:03:04

People who eat smelly food at their desk have no consideration for others. Really not nice.

Artandco Thu 07-Jan-16 12:03:08

I have never heard of a 'breakout' room. Sounds more like prison

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