Lunch At Cubile or Away?
This is an interesting situation I've been coming across lately:
I take a short walk to the deli and get a sandwich. Then I eat at the desk. I have to bill each hour, so an unbilled hour spent at lunch makes for a very expensive lunch. If I were on salary I would try to make a point of taking a lunch out of the office.
If you don't eat at your desk, you can't read JOS while getting mayo and crumbs in your keyboard.
I drive home, eat, and take a 20 minute nap.
I worked for 10 years in an environment where there was a staff canteen where I would typically lunch every day with my colleagues (or those that I particularly liked anyway - groups always naturally emerge).
I sometimes eat snacks at my desk, but almost never meals.
Get off couch, cook & eat lunch, jump back on the couch, with laptop, keep workin'...
That would have to be "Lunch at Desk" of which I am doing this very moment.
In the past when I've eaten at my desk, it's been to program (on my own time) to learn more, or to read a book. But at my current job I get interrupted so often that I prefer to leave the desk, even though I do the same stuff. Generally I'm a solitary eater because I prefer to read or program instead of yak. I try to go out for lunch once or twice a week just for the fresh air.
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Practically every day (unless I'm under time pressure), I go to lunch with the same set of people from my work. We generally keep our lunches in the 30 - 45 minute range (though some places take longer).
If at lunch time I couldn't get up, grab my MP3 player, wander down to a little cafe and eat lunch on the boardwalk while dividing my attention between staring at the ocean, a good book, and all the cute girls cruising by, why then I guess there just wouldn't be much point in going to work at all, would there?
I fix and eat my lunch in my cubicle, from my Box O' Lunch Fixins'. It's full of bread, peanut butter, crackers, plastic eating utensils, etc. None of it has a strong smell.
Brent P. Newhall
I am fed up with people eating in the office. We have large canteen but they all bring sandwiches up to our crowded office. I have to listen to the sounds of 6 of my team simultaneously – careful now – masticating. None of them is working – just killing time on sites like this.
Communal eating is one of those human fundamentals that builds relationships. It's in our genes. Maybe it's against the grain for many cube warriors.
Let me add that folks are usually much more interesting than they might appear in the work environment.
Eat at my desk or down to the pub.
No, but microwave popcorn is. At my last job there was a lady there who ate a bag of microwave popcorn EVERY SINGLE AFTERNOON. The whole office stank of it, and this was a darned big office, too.
Practical Geezer: Peanut butter's not a strong smell when the tub of it is capped up, actually. Spreading it out on the bread doesn't cause the odor to waft all over the floor.
Brent P. Newhall
Definitely get out of the office and eat at a bar/pub/pizza place. Too bad the bar is just out of the door for my current job... and I'm not in San Diego :-)
I prefer to get away, if only just to move around a bit, and enjoy talking to my colleagues and stuff.
I go out and walk during the 30 min lunch break. I don't like to eat much during the day anyway, and I prefer walking as a way to get away from work. So I don't get a chance to talk to anyone at lunch time. Instead, I talk to people whenever I get a chance and when I need to escape work and my own thoughts. The managers don't seem to mind if people talk once in a while. I realize this means we get extra breaks but oh well.
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Real PC: do others agree with your opinion of the water quality? If they do, I'm a tad surprised a water cooler hasn't been installed.
Sometimes I used to eat in my cube when I was really busy or in a good zone. However, I did learn soon enough not to eat Thai or Indian food in my cube. I would be constantly interrupted by multiple people asking, "Gee, what's that smell." "Gee whiz, that sure smells good!" "Hey, where did you pick that up?" "You made that yourself?" "Hey, I know a great recipe for blah blah blah ... " And so on.
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