Some employees can tolerate co-workers’ swearing and rude behavior, but don’t even dream of touching their yogurt or ham sandwiches. The most offensive thing an office worker can do is steal colleagues’ food from the office fridge, says a TheLadders.com survey of 2,500 U.S. employees.
A full 98% agreed that fridge raiding was unacceptable workplace etiquette.
Respondents also cited, in order: bad hygiene, bad habits, drinking on the job, swearing, wasting paper, cooking smelly food in the microwave and using a BlackBerry in meetings.
Help everyone keep the fridge clean
The greatest mystery in many workplaces is what’s lurking in the office refrigerator. Go beyond scheduling regular “use it or lose it” deadlines. Follow these tips:
1. Post a copy of the clean-fridge policy on the refrigerator door, so no one will have any excuses.
2. Make it easy for people to label containers with their names and expiration dates by keeping a marking pen and tape in the kitchen.
3. Promote safe food storage by posting the USDA’s cold storage chart.