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when workplace potlucks go fallacious — Ask a Supervisor


As we method the season of workplace potlucks and different meals with coworkers, let’s talk about the various methods they’ll go fallacious … from alarming delicacies to the one that takes an obscenely giant share and by no means contributes something of their very own.

To kick us off, some tales from years previous:

  “Considered one of my outdated workplaces had a cookie baking contest, and the winner used store-bought dough. It grew to become the supply of gripes about dishonest for years.”

  “I had a coworker who thought any treats had been only for him. If breakfast tacos had been ordered for my division, we’d often supply different departments close by any leftovers. As quickly as he heard that leftovers had been being supplied, he’d undergo and get *all* of those he wished (instance, all of the brisket) and conceal them in his desk drawer earlier than the opposite division may get any. He’d additionally get in line first or near-first (he volunteered to assist with setup), and would take large quantities of what was there. If some people didn’t get firsts whereas he was loading up his second, he’d say people ought to have gotten there sooner. Administration did discuss to him, however his reply was that he didn’t care.”

  “Our division used to have an enormous vacation potluck yearly. One coworker would at all times convey the identical factor yearly, a sure stew. But it surely wasn’t sufficient that he introduced it; he hyped it up. Like, he’d ship emails beforehand to the entire division alerting everybody that he was bringing his stew! On the morning of the potluck, he’d let everybody know what time the stew could be arriving! And ship a particular e mail thanking everybody that helped him do his job, and the stew was his compensation. It was like he believed the whole potluck revolved round his stew. (It didn’t.) Factor is, I don’t suppose anybody truly preferred the stew. I feel the one individuals who tried it had been new individuals to the division that hadn’t tried it earlier than.”

  “I used to work with an terrible man who used to dig his hand into bowls of catered meals at our work lunches. Like pasta salad. it’s one factor to seize just a few chips together with your hand, however he’d put his soiled ass hand right into a BOWL OF MACARONI. he was a complete pig and if there was an e mail that stated ‘leftovers from no matter assembly within the kitchen now!’ individuals would run to ensure they acquired there earlier than outdated filthy fingers acquired there as a result of as soon as he was noticed within the kitchen, all meals was formally thought of contaminated.”


Within the remark part, please share your tales of potlucks, cooking competitions, and different workplace meals gone awry.

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