Go to almost any office that doesn’t offer employees free meals and you will find some department having an office potluck. Office potlucks do several things by allowing you to show off your inner “Emeril Lagasse” culinary skills, celebrate birthdays, anniversaries etc and builds camaraderie. For those of you that love coordinating or participating in these events by getting people to sign up for various food, beverage and condiments it’s a fun thing. If you dread such events you’ll likely want to bury your head in the sand when you see the sign-up sheet coming your way. If the office potluck is not your cup of tea, here are 3 tips to help you get through them.
Learn to pick your battles
If you don’t participate in some way you’ll likely be seen as the office Grinch. If you have other plans and or no cooking skills offer to bring in a non-food item such as napkins or utensils.
You have a cleanliness phobia or allergies to certain foods
While you believe the health inspector would give you a Grade-A for your kitchen, you’re not so sure of some of your co-workers. You don’t want to offend anyone, so if you are uncomfortable with their food item or have certain food allergies, avoid it altogether. If you feel compelled to “try one, try one” at their urging, place a small piece on your plate and discard it later.
It’s always the same boring things
If you feel that the office potluck has become a bore with the same items it is likely that others may feel the same way. If so, the best way to change things is to take charge of it. Offer to plan the next event, that way you can be the person responsible for bringing fresh new selections and something that appeals to more people.
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