December 9, 2011 by Ashlee Clark Thompson
I recently started a new job working for The Man.
It’s only taken me a week to realize that The Man sure loves eatin’.
I work at Humana, the most traditional work environment that I’ve ever been a part of. And these office people love food. LOVE. IT. And I love them for loving food as much as I do.
Here are three observations I’ve made during my week at the company about the role that food plays in corporate America:
- Forget breakfast. Lunch is the most important meal of the day. The lunch hour is the glimmer of hope that gets you through the morning and lulls you into a pleasant stupor that lasts the rest of the day. Deliberations begin as early as 10 a.m. with across-the-cubicle rumblings: “Did you bring your lunch today?” “Want to go get something?” “Where should we go today?” “Think Linda will want to come, too?” In less than two hours, a good-sized crew has formed to head out for their midday meal. And you take the full hour. Oh, yes, you take the full hour.
- There are always free (and usually unhealthy) goodies to snack on throughout the day. This week, I found myself popping peanut butter M&Ms into my mouth one by one for 10 minutes straight. Why? Because they were there. BECAUSE FOOD IS ALWAYS THERE. I define “there” as a common table in the break room, your supervisor’s desk, or any other slab of space with free food up for grabs. There’s always one co-worker nice enough to bring snacks to share with the office and thwart any intentions you had of eating healthy.
- Any occasion is a reason for food. New person on staff? Doughnuts for everybody. Someone’s switching departments? A departure cake in company colors. End of a productive year? Bring in Qdoba for a lunch celebration. This all happened during my first week. In five days, I have eaten more sweets in celebration than I have all holiday season. AND I LOVED IT.
I know some of my readers work in similar settings. What are some observations you have made about food and office jobs?