Lunch at the Office: What's Your Kitchen Situation?

If you work in an office, how you eat your midday meal depends a lot on the kitchen facilities you have available and their, er, conditions. Do you have access to a microwave? A stove? Is the refrigerator overflowing with rotten food? Moldy sponges in the sink? Or are you blessed with an ample, tidy space?

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Compared to some horror stories we've heard, our office kitchen experiences haven't been too bad. Well, except for that one place with no indoor plumbing, but even that wasn't terrible. A decent refrigerator, microwave and water cooler can go a long way.

A good office kitchen can encourage you to bring your own healthy homemade food, and perhaps even offer you an enjoyable place to eat it. Others, however, may send you scurrying to the nearest deli or salad bar.

And then there's the issue of sharing. It's not easy to share a kitchen with so many other people. In many offices, there are inevitably some who don't clean up after themselves, and that of course leads to one of the most common presences in an office kitchen – the sign. You know the ones – often of a passive-aggressive nature, encouraging tidiness, sometimes a little threatening, usually including clip art.

So how do you deal with lunch at the office? Do you eat at your desk? Find a quiet spot to relax? Spend your lunch hour making signs? Do you have a sparkling dream of a kitchen space or is it a nightmare?

Tell us all about it in the comments.

Related: Tip: How to Remember Your Lunch

(Images: Flickr users nsfmc, passiveaggressivenotes, Simon Clayson, passiveaggressivenotes, licensed under Creative Commons)

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