Reserving Workplace Lunches
Most working adults consume an inadequate breakfast or simply skip breakfast entirely. A nutritional lunch is often the most important meal of the day. A well-balanced lunch improves
health and significantly increases workplace productivity. Lunches should be consumed free of distractions and away from the primary workplace when practical. Although often restricted
by individual job requirements, at least 30 minutes a day should be reserved for lunch each workday.
A. In an effort to reduce stress, discussions with co-workers concerning the workplace are prohibited during lunch breaks.
B. Lunch items stored in a locker or on a personal desk shall always be considered reserved.
C. Lunch items stored in a workplace refrigerator or on a lunchroom table or in other common areas shall be considered shared unless clearly annotated with a name or initials.
D. Lunch items stored without a name or initials in any workplace commons area may be consumed by Melvin at any time throughout the workday.
- All workplaces have at least one “Melvin.” Melvin is the fictitious name assigned to the workplace food scrounger. Melvins can be easily identified as slightly overweight, politically vocal and with a very distinct, although not necessarily unpleasant, body odor.
From The Book of Rules: The Right Way to do Everything, a handbook on modern etiquette covering everything from proper toilet paper placement to acceptable pimple popping practices to authorized use of wind chimes.