If Work At Large Company, Why Not Bring Your Lunch To Work?

It is common and sometimes contagious to complain about cafeteria food at work. Whether it is breakfast or lunch food, there are always a few employees who find reasons to complain. Either the food is too salty, lacks taste, or isn’t served at the right temperature; cafeteria complainers cannot help themselves from commenting on the food. Even the price of food is not immune from criticism. Why does a small bagel cost $1.25? Why is an ounce of salad $.40? Do you know they charge $.25 for small container of cream cheese? Most of those who complain about the flavor invariably complain about the price.

It’s interesting that many of the cafeteria complainers rarely bring their food from home. If the cafeteria food is mediocre and is too pricey, why not prepare food at home and have that for lunch? In addition, if necessary, bring some fruit or granola bars for a snack. It’s common for these cafeteria complainers to eat 3-4 meals a week in the cafeteria. If the breakfast buffet is not up to par, why even patronize them for breakfast? Are their actions congruent with their complaints? Personally, you have a few options with the cafeteria food. Regardless of whether you complain or comment on cafeteria food through a survey or comment card, if it doesn’t improve over time, consider an alternative. Vote with your pocketbook. Either some of the critics are too lazy to bring food from home or they are merely habitual complainers.

Personally, I feel the cafeteria food is Ok. It’s maybe a little better than your average cafeteria food, it’s not restaurant food, but it’s palatable enough. From my experience, the expense is a greater concern for me than the taste. If you eat in the cafeteria, a complete lunch with drink will cost around $6-7. If you purchase coffee too from the cafeteria, which is between $1-4 per day, the cost for coffee and lunch is well over two thousand dollars each year.


Bringing your lunch to work not only saves money; it is easier on the environment. In the morning, I use my instant coffee and mug at my desk and use the hot water at the water cooler for my coffee. It works out to about 5-10 cents per day and my coffee is not generating any waste. Coffee alone could be a few dollars a day in the cafeteria and if opt for Starbuck’s, double that amount. Another eco-friendly approach is using the same container for lunch every day. My container is washed at home every evening (with my dinner dishes) and left out to dry so I conveniently reuse it the next day. Usually, there are leftovers from weekend or evening meals so I have the option for some lunch variety. By using my own container, very little waste if any is being generated as opposed to using either paper or styrofoam containers through the cafeteria. Even though the cafeteria doesn’t generate as much waste as a fast food restaurant, it is unnecessary which could easily be avoided by some flexibility and planning.
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