Pitfalls of the Office Kitchen Treat TablePosted: August 7, 2011
Two months ago, I started a new job. I love the people and the work so much. The benefits are awesome, and I can tell that my new employer really cares about my well being. We have programs that support health (walks, nutrition information, etc.), and work-life balance couldn’t be better. Get this. There was even a taste test among different coffees when the type of office coffee was being changed.
There is, however, one thing. The office kitchen treat table. With 60 plus employees in the building on any given day, the treats can pile up. Over the past couple of months, I have had to steel my resolve to resist a cornucopia of treats, including but not limited to:
–Birthday cake that appears every time one is celebrated
–Leftover cake, cookies, and other goodies every time someone has a party
–Leftover donuts from meetings
–Pizza from lunches (this is the hardest to resist)
–Warm banana bread with butter
–Candy of all types
I have caved a few times, once almost sticking my face in a strawberry cake with vanilla frosting. I am in the kitchen a lot, preparing my lunch and snacks. So, I have to parade by this stuff pretty often. I have gotten used to it on some level. I know there are other people who struggle as I do with cravings and a love of all that carb-ey goodness. As I have seen in my own life, it is very hard to change a food pattern once it is established. I think it is the same with the office treat table. It is accepted and it is a place to celebrate. I really get that and love the “spirit” of the treat table. So, I know it is not going to go away. I can do my best to change what treats appear on the treat table, but I know it is a fixture.
So, how do I deal with it? Planning, planning, and more planning ( see post). It can be tedious and not as fun as the treat table, but I’ve got to do it. I resist the treats by being intentional and having great food planned for meals and snacks. If I get into a rut and have boring food, or stuff I just don’t like all that much, I am going to cave. I make sure I am satiated after meals so I am better equipped to resist the cakes, pies, and pizza. I have also taken to ordering “special” food when we are having lunch brought in for meetings. People are really accommodating when you just ask. Perhaps leading by example is the best place to start when trying to change what lands on the treat table.
How have you struggled with the office treat culture? How can we change it? Leave a comment.