You might not think it is a thing, but workplace food etiquette is real (and important too!). Imagine you’re in the middle of a difficult task, but your neighboring coworker is loudly chewing on a big bag of Cheetos—wouldn’t that be a little distracting? Likewise, how would you feel if your boss brings a stinky, eye-watering meal?
If you’re constantly spilling your food over your desk or just want to avoid the embarrassment of flooding the office microwave with unpleasant odors, instead of mindlessly packing up your leftovers from the fridge, take note of the foods you should avoid bringing to work:
This one is a no-brainer. That fresh fish-based meal you had at home might not be smelly, but wait until you unpack that tuna salad at work. Expect disgusted looks from your coworkers if you bring those foods to your office!
We love a good hard-boiled egg. However, if we leave this protein-packed food unrefrigerated, it will quickly start to smell like dirty, sweaty feet once we peel it. Better not to risk it!
Yes, your Chinese takeout might have been a tasty dinner last night. However, when left on the fridge overnight, and due to the multiple assortments of spices and sauces, Chinese food might look a little bit unpleasant to the eye the next day. Not to mention that it will leave a noticeable cloud of odor in your office.
Broccoli is delicious and nutritious at the same time. It might sound like a good idea to bring this super-food to work, but maybe you’re not aware of the fact that broccoli produces a weird smell when reheated. Avoid the embarrassment of a stinky Tupperware and leave cooked broccoli at home.
When it comes to foul-smelling foods, cooked curry is one of the worst offenders. If you plan on eating this delicious spicy dish, we recommend doing so in the comfort of your own home.
Garlic is a traditional ingredient of many beloved recipes. Nonetheless, lifting the lid of a container with a garlic-heavy meal will fill the room almost instantaneously with an unpleasant smell. Also, the scent does not go away instantly. So, don’t be rude and keep that garlic sauce chicken out of your workplace.
Popcorn is an easy-to-make, delicious and healthy food (well, as long you don’t go overboard with the salt or add too much butter). Also, popcorn isn’t actually smelly, but the sound it makes when chewed can be obnoxious and annoying. Avoid distracting your coworkers with this snack!
Some cheese types like brie, Roquefort, blue cheese, Limburger, to name a few, have strong, sometimes unpleasant odors. Don’t be inconsiderate and don’t bring them to work.
Pizza is everybody’s favorite food. If you don’t want to spark a bit of unhealthy envy into your colleagues’ stomachs, it’s better to eat that pizza where nobody is looking.
So this was our list of those foods you should avoid bringing to work. We hope that with this knowledge, you can make lunchbreak a better time for everyone at your office. Also, if you have any other dishes you’d like to share with us, leave us a comment on our facebook page!