I have heard that one should not eat alone at work. I tried to meet with my team members but it is hard to get this pattern to stick as I eat at different times, I would rather finish work earlier and sometimes people prefer to eat with others on the team.
I have a better time with eating with others in other teams though.
- At what point should I stop any attempts to eat with immediate team members?
- Or is it the wrong way to look at it and I shouldn't stop making any attempts?
- Or should I just be open to the idea of reciprocation?
I used to work out during lunch at a different company but I switched my workouts to the morning. The funny thing is that I would meet other coworkers at the gym so there was a socialization aspect to it though it was for a self-selecting group, albeit a small one and not of my immediate coworkers. I think the gym would be a different topic to ask in a separate question but I will leave it here in case anyone thinks otherwise. Does going to the gym during lunch ruin your work/network prospects at the job as you are not eating with people and most people are more likely to be eating during lunch hour than stressing themselves at the gym? I say "more likely" from observance and not from a judgment standpoint.
Here's the book Never Eat Alone that I was referencing without naming as a book.