Each Friday one person from my 16-man team brings bread and morning-cakes for the rest of the team. We then take a 30-45 minute meeting where we eat and talk.
There are no offical rules to what you have to bring, there is only a schedule, so you know when it is your turn. The Un-Official rule is to buy a piece of bread for each person, and a morning cake for sharing.
But it varies a lot about what people bring. Most people buy two big morning cakes, some butter and some cold meats for the bread. Some also buy high quality bread.
However, a few really go cheap. For example, a co-worker buys the cheapest bread and cake, and nothing besides. In comparison, most people probably spend 4-5 times as much. The price is approx: cheap meal = 8 dollars to expensive = 35-45 dollars.
Ideally, I would like some clear cut rules about what to bring. However, I've only worked here a year, and im not sure if people will think this is a good idea, or if im frankly just being to touchy.
- Should I just also go cheap?
- Should I just follow the mean, and consider it the cost of doing business?
- Or I should put some effort to make everyone bring the same?
One can leave the bread-rotation, but it would have some social costs, which is probably not worth it.