How a Pro can Navigate Office Dining and Drinking


ExecutiveChronicles | Kyla Camille |

You have to go to work—but you have to eat, too, right? But much like the lack of regular vacation-taking in the American office, lunch breaks have suffered, too. In fact, almost two-thirds of all employees skip the middle meal of the day, or eat it just at their lunch. Some turn to that ever-present office element, too—the vending machine.

But skipping lunch or eating an unhealthy meal means that job performance is suffering too. It’s also creating employees who aren’t very relaxed and may impact creativity.

It doesn’t have to be that way: You can eat at your desk or with others and do it in a way that’s respectful to office culture and benefits you, too. For starters, practice all the rules you would at home: Clean up after yourself and wipe up as you go.

And if you’re joining co-workers outside of the office for a casual drink, there are necessary rules to follow, too, to maintain proper business decorum. Learn more about lunching and drinking with office mates with this helpful graphic.


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