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Questions tagged [lunch]

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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Having lunch at home

I live near my employer's office. All I need to do to reach home is walk for five minutes. To go straight to the point, I prefer having lunch at home. It costs me way less money than going to ...
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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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Lunch with the CEO

I'm having lunch with my CEO in a couple of days. I'm an Engineer who's pretty involved in a product that the company sells, but I don't know too much about the business side of things. My company is ...
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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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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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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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Does my boss have any say on when my team should take their lunch breaks?

I'm a project manager working for a startup. Since I've been here, we've never had a set time for lunch, and just taken our breaks at whatever time we wished, for one hour. Our boss (the CEO) ...
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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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Should I tell my boss a coworker stiffed the waiters on a team lunch we all paid for

On a team lunch, we agreed that one of the team members would handle the bill. We all paid her on the assumption that there would be around 15% tip. Note that we are in the United States. However, I ...
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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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Where can I go take a nap during the day?

I am a summer intern at a large company. There have been a few days when I have been really tired and I would like to take a nap on my lunch break, but there are no beds, or places to go for such a ...
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What is proper etiquette for a business lunch?

I work in a small team of 3 senior developers. One person on the team is leaving, and on his last day, my boss, my boss's boss, and the department VP are taking the whole team out to lunch. I'm ...
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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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What happens if I poison a co-worker who has been stealing my food? [closed]

I must have the worst luck. Not only have I been feeling rather 'backed up*' lately but someone at work has also been stealing my sandwiches! I’m not looking for help on either of these issues ...
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Is it unprofessional to bring lunch to a meeting?

Every so often I have days that are very busy with no time to take a proper lunch. When this happens, I usually end up bringing my lunch to a meeting and eating while other people talk. These aren't ...
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Dealing with unpleasant food odors

Several coworkers and I share a rather small working area (not absurdly tiny, but small enough to cause this problem). Most of us usually eat lunch in the cafeteria area, and sometimes at our desks. ...
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How to politely decline a departmental farewell lunch when I have social anxiety?

I have extreme social anxiety (SA) and experience physical symptoms like shortness of breath, shaky hands and voice during social situations. I work for a really big multinational. We have quarterly/...
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Saying no to celebration lunch

My team is going to have a lunch at a local restaurant tomorrow to celebrate our recent achievements. The team is myself, three coworkers and my boss. The problem is my boss has made racist and ...
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How can I drop a polite hint to a coworker to stop pestering me with daily questions about my lunch?

I have a coworker who, without fail, asks me the same set of small talk lunch-related questions. Every. Single. Day. For example: (As I'm heading out the door) Him: Where you goin?! Me (usually ...
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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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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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Does bringing your own lunch to work hurt your chances of being a manager?

I like many of my peers will bring my own lunch with me to work most days, perhaps going out to lunch once a week with friends or colleagues. I have worked at many different jobs in my career thus ...
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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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New foreign coworker doesn't pay for lunch [on hold]

There is an Italian 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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How to deal with very variable lunch times and lunch room used for conferencing?

Situation I'm working at a startup (8 people, 4 sales/4 tech) in an open office setting. Lunch times always used to be from 12:30 to 1:30. We have a glass box room with a large rectangular table used ...
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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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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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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 to have multiple lunch breaks in a day?

Due to heavy energy consumption of things I do outside of the office, I generally eat 5-7 meals (depending on what you call a meal) spread throughout the day. Typically, maybe three of these fall ...
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Mandatory one hour lunch. Is it common practice in UK IT?

I've worked at some places where they've had a mandatory one-hour lunch. So you have to work your required X hours a day, and also take a one-hour lunch. So your arrival-until-leave period covers X+1 ...
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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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Am I obligated to take my lunch break during a meeting where lunch is provided?

I don't have a set time where I take my lunch and I typically take it at abnormal hours of the typical 8-5 workday. If a meeting is called during the typical lunch hour of 12-1pm time frame and lunch ...
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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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How to politely change what people I spend lunch break with

When I started working at this company, I was told the person who normally is in my position plays cards with a certain group of people at lunch. I have been doing so for the past several months and ...
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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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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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Is it okay to bring a friend or significant other to the employee lounge? [closed]

I recently started a part time job in a small mom/pop organization that's been running over 25 years. The employee lounge is open to all staff members while they are taking a break from their shift. ...
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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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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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Client says “First round's on me”: do I say “I'll get the second round”? [closed]

A client wants to meet up for drinks, and they've offered to pick up the first round. Do I offer to pick up the second round?
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Leaving for Lunch before our seniors is a good etiquette or not

I am quite new to Office environment, so I am not not much familiar with Workplace etiquettes. Our Lunch timings is from 2 pm to 3 pm. But our seniors are mostly busy doing their project stuff at that ...
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Supervisor paid for my food, what's the proper way to express my appreciation?

I'm doing an internship in one of the Canadian government organization. Recently my supervisor got promoted, so our division(6 people) went out to a fancy restaurant to celebrity his promotion. ...
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How to use time productively in lunch and breaks [closed]

I was wondering if anyone had any advice or tips on how to use the time productively during lunch and breaks. I'm generally just browsing the web or working on some projects but never manage to get ...
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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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How to quietly make sure a co-worker avoids a lunch topic, just once

I work in tech in an urban area where my close co-workers are outspokenly and vehemently liberal, and our lunch conversations generally include some sort of trump bash during some portion of the ...
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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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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 administrator for a lunch break reduction?

I am a web developer for 1 year in a company, and i am undergoing a very complex work/life balance situation. To keep in short terms: i accepted this work, moving from my home town to a bigger city, ...
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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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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 ...