IT’S EASY TO COMPLAIN
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.
WHY NOT BRING FOOD FROM HOME?
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.