Imagine this: You walk into the pause area at the office and excitedly open up your lunch. Before you can start chowing down your meal, you feel the side eyes and people casually yet obviously stepping out of the vicinity. What could be the reason? Is it your food?
If you have brought the following examples of food to work, then yes, it might be the food.
Hard boiled eggs
According to the business and employment-focused social media platform LinkedIn, the smell that comes from hard boiled eggs that can only be described as horrendous is a no-no.
Now, you might be thinking, “What’s wrong with popcorn?” Well, there’s nothing bad about popcorn. However, when eaten at the workplace, it can become a distraction, leaving “the office hungry and desperately wanting some,” says the above-mentioned social media platform. “Unless you bring in enough for the whole gang, leave the popcorn at home for your late night Netflix binge.”
This sweet treat is high in fat and sugar and is sure to give you low energy and make you feel sleepy, explains healthy-lifestyle expert and registered dietitian Lisa De Fazio to online media company Business Insider. If you want to maintain a high level of productivity throughout the day, it is best to stay away from doughnuts (even biscuits and ice-cream).
Fresh fish is okay, but leftover fish… that can leave a smell that may linger in the office, notes LinkedIn.
We are taught to eat our greens but what also needs to be taught is that the smell after microwaving broccoli can be a bit foul. LinkedIn advises that you should stick to raw broccoli with some dip on the side.
Nuts and shellfish
It is important to consider your fellow colleagues’ allergies when it comes to your lunch meals. Business Insider shares that if you do bring foods containing nuts and shellfish to work, you should eat them away from those who are allergic to them , and always wash your hands once you are finished.
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