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Questions relating to the period of time in which one is given to eat their lunch. This can include questions on communication during this time or on issues raised by particular location, or lack thereof, for eating food.

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Legal for company to force employees to clock in by (unpaid) lunch break? [closed]

At my company the lunch break is unpaid time, as is pretty standard. The company allows employees to either arrive late or leave early twice per pay period month, without having to use paid leave time....
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When should one stop trying to eat with immediate coworkers in your team? [closed]

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 ...
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Is it legal to have a single 20 minute break for a 9 hour shift in the UK?

I work 5 days a week 9-6 and get a single 20 minute break for lunch. I am mentally drained and completely worn out. How can this be legal? By the time you’ve gobbled your food it’s time to go back - ...
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Hours and lunch time. What should I do when all the other engineers have a shorter lunch break and are expected to work more hours?

I started at the company I'm at now about 2.5 years ago. I was told via email I get an hour lunch. I asked, via email, if I needed to take the whole hour for lunch. (I assumed it was an unpaid lunch.) ...
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How to avoid the higher expectations that come with seniority as well as any desire on the part of management to promote me?

I work for an organization that has a pay structure such that advancing beyond senior developer is utterly undesirable, but has excellent benefits and lots of vacation time and a strong stock market ...
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Manager schedules meetings during my lunch break

I put a 30 minute blocker in my calendar titled "Lunch" so that I could grab some lunch during that time. My manager has the same thing, but at a different time (way too early for me to have ...
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What are reasonable dietary preferences to expect employers to accommodate?

At my work we frequently have events where lunch is provided, and that consists of finger food such as sandwiches, wraps and pastries. They are very keen on accommodating "proper" ...
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If I do not want to join the shared lunch every day, how to do this nicely enough?

The members of my team always go "for lunch" all together and invariably always to the same shop nearby, just to grab the cheap sandwich and then eat in the office. I would strongly prefer ...
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Overtime vs Pay Cut (California) (40-45 hours)

I was under the impression that M-F 9am-5pm was 40 hours of work but my boss is now changing it to 8am-5pm which is 45 hours but at the same weekly rate. What does California workplace laws say about ...
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Employees very mad over free lunch choice

My organization hit a big milestone, so I wanted to do a little something to celebrate. Because everybody is working remotely (due to this COVID craziness), I thought it would be fun to send lunch to ...
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Mandatory one hour unpaid lunch

I work in a devops-like role in Colorado. My manager recently let us know that he wants everyone on the team to be taking a one-hour unpaid lunch break every day so that we each span 9 hours of ...
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How to get rid of unwanted coworkers at lunch?

We are 5-6 coworkers (from different teams) that like to go out for lunch together. The problem: For some reason, there are people joining us without being invited. It just happens like this: It'...
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Left out of team Lunch; how to handle this professionally?

My boss, for whom I have worked for a long time, invited all managers to lunch for their Christmas present at her expense (she says it is a work development tool) but tells me the email invite I got ...
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Supervisors complaining to me about disappearing (On bathroom break)

I work in a manufacturing company where I am required to basically monitor machinery and process paperwork (not giving too much detail to keep anonymous). It is generally expected people be on the ...
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Team lunch - I have food preferences the venue can't accommodate [duplicate]

I am a vegetarian (and also I don't drink). Our manager takes the team out to lunch, say, once every quarter. This time they are planning to go to a restaurant that has no vegetarian options. ...
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New foreign coworker doesn't pay for lunch [closed]

There is a European intern who joined company recently. He just graduated from college and will work in the company in China for the next three months. He doesn't read or speak Chinese, so when I ...
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Mandatory Lunch Meeting [duplicate]

I do not want to go to mandatory lunch meetings. I feel it is a waste of time for each person at the meeting. If there are seven people in the meeting, and the meeting is an hour long lunch, it is the ...
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How to arrange candidate lunch break during interviews?

We typically arrange interviews without a lunch break but have realized that is too tough on our candidates. Interviews are about 5 hours long. What is the best practice about coordinating lunch with ...
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How can I influence a manager to not schedule team meetings during lunch?

Once a week we have team meetings that are scheduled during lunch which the company buys (irrelevant to me since I bring my own lunch anyway). I have no problem with the timing, but I find it insanely ...
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Anonymous coworker brought in food in a rusty container affecting my reputation. How should I react?

I am a foreigner who works in a big company in the US for the past few years. I work across multiple departments so I dealt with many coworkers and not just my team. I am very social so I am close ...
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Spoiled Food Ettiquette

Background Some of the people I work with like to bring in food to share, which is kind and appreciated. Some of these people bring in food that they have grown themselves, and the work that they put ...
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How can I ask my boss to consider dietary restrictions when ordering lunch for the office?

My boss occasionally orders lunch for the entire team in our office. It’s always catered and buffet style. I have celiac‘s disease, therefore I can’t have anything containing gluten. Every time he ...
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Why team meetings are scheduled at lunch time, mostly?

I am just trying to understand other side if any good reasons behind this scheduling. Background: I faced this with 2-3 managers who schedules weekly/monthly team meetings at lunch time( 1-2 pm) on ...
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I just started; should I accept a farewell lunch for a coworker I don't know?

I just started a new job and I was sent an invite to a farewell lunch for a coworker on my team. I don't know the person and haven't talked to/seen him yet. The invite was sent through an email with ...
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Team has team lunch everyday, am I forced to go?

I don't want to join my colleagues for lunch, but I am an intern so joining is important for relationship building. I don't know how they manage to have lunch everyday together but they do. Am I ...
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How to deal with mandatory unpaid lunch break?

This is a question about a job in the United States. It's a sales position in a small company where a person has to work alone in a small office. The work is for 9 hours a day where you can't leave ...
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Recruiter I'm already working with invites me out to lunch. Why?

I'm looking for a job, and this recruiter that I've already applied through sent me an email that effectively said: Sorry I don't have any new information for you. Let me take you out to lunch to ...
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Boss wants to use my lunchtime for work

My boss has recently asked us to attend a presentation during lunch. This will be a recurring thing at least once a month. However, I am not paid for my lunch, so I consider this to be my own time ...
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How to deal with constantly bragging co-worker?

recently a new collegue started to work for the IT company I work for. He seems quite polite and nice but when it comes to lunch time he very often brags and - for lack of a better word - talks utter ...
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I mistakenly took someone else's lunch; how should I proceed?

I've been working at my present job for 5 years now, and I maintain very good relationship with my colleagues. Last week I accidentally took someone else's catered lunch, thinking it was left-overs. ...
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How to organise a Friday lunch for 80 people

We are a company that likes having free lunches on the last Friday of every month. However, we have grown from 20 to now 80 people in our office! We are finding it difficult to fit in our kitchen at ...
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Is it reasonable to expect students to always eat lunch with the other employees?

For 3 weeks I've been doing a project with my school team for another company (it's unpaid). We make biweekly (twice a week) visits to the company. It's a company with around 8 employees. The way ...
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Constant Interruptions During Lunch Break

At my job if we remain in our office during lunch we are expected to still be available for work related questions/calls/etc... I find this to be very annoying as my lunch break is a time that I use ...
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Lack of facilities in company and what can I do other than request more? [closed]

So I work in a fairly large company, most things are provided for stationary, tea bags, coffee etc. However there is a lack of general kitchen items used for lunches etc. Also we lack a sink in our ...
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How to politely avoid eating with a colleague

About my eating habits: I usually go to a nearby restaurant to eat. Sometimes I bring away the food and eat it in the company kitchen, but sometimes I go with a group of random people there. ...
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Talking about drugs in the office [closed]

During lunch time in the office kitchen, some colleagues often share how was their weekend by saying they had drinks/pints/alcohol, got drunk and had fun. e.g. "We went to bar X and had drinks, we ...
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Is it okay to change your clothes in front of your coworkers? [closed]

So, I'm just minding my own business about to enjoy my lunch. A coworker sits at the couch near me in the cafeteria. As I start eating my lunch, my coworker decided it's a great time to start getting ...
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High level informal meeting

I have been asked via invitation from a high level colleague meet and greet at my current job. I am not quite sure what to expect from this. Since i started working, ive spent a lot of time working ...
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Boss buys everyone on the Team Lunch [closed]

My Boss regularly buys BBQ lunch for the entire team. Today he bought everyone lunch except me. I assumed he had just forgot since our team has ten people which is pretty sizable. When I asked he said ...
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Is it common practice for a school to force its staff to use school canteen?

Our school (private secondary) just opened a canteen, and it is of type where we have to order food and wait while it is prepared. Before this there was an arrangement with nearby restaurant for ...
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Taking lunch at a different time [closed]

I am currently working as an intern in a company in Singapore. My work period is 8 months and I do not have any leave that I can claim/take. If I want to take leave, I have to take an MC (medical ...
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Would it be unprofessional not to eat during a team lunch?

My manager organized a team lunch for next week. The restaurant we will be going to is one where the only options are meat and fish. For medical reasons, I can't eat those things. In the past I was ...
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Not sure how to handle logging around lunch hours

I'm a new co-op at a defense contractor (co-ops are like interns who have longer assignments, more job duties (sometimes), and work through various parts of the year). This is my second week on the ...
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Lunch meetings and time sheets

So I work in an organization where we record our time spent at work in a program called "time management system", for the most part its pretty relaxed (it gets approved by your manager and what not). ...
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Is it acceptable to work on my business during lunch/before work?

I am a software developer full time, as well as a wedding photographer on weekends. I normally arrive to work 20 minutes early, and leave 15 minutes late. My lunch breaks are 30 minutes long. Is it ...
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Can I leave a lunchtime presentation early if they forgot to provide a lunch?

My company scheduled an HR presentation during the lunch hour. It was not technically mandatory, but I needed to at least get the handouts. Since it's during the lunch hour, they announced they would ...
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Is it rude to decline a lunch invite?

I am an intern returning to a company after having interned here last summer. As such, I have made friends with a lot of my coworkers here, and am regularly invited to lunch with them. I will go with ...
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How should I answer to coworkers' repeated questions about salary?

I face a quite uncomfortable situation in my company. Several weeks ago, I was tasked to work with a new coworker. She has been in the same company for a longer time than I, but was assigned to ...
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How do I stop having lunches with a colleague? [closed]

Some time ago I started working at a company. Few days later I met my acquaintance who had recently started working there as well. Since we both were new and didn't know anyone, we started having ...
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What to expect informal lunch where one coworker is leaving and another new member is joining?

We originally have planned an informal lunch to celebrate a new member joining our team. However, unexpectedly a senior co-worker of the team has also decided to leave during the same week so a ...
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