My encounters with workplace food culture refused to be contained.
This Storify post serves as an easy-to-read digest of a series of articles I published in a variety of outlets.
- First, some table-setting:
- The "Nine Assumptions" post included examples of how leaders sometimes use treats to reward employees in a way that some may find disrespectful and counter to inclusiveness…
- And I pointed out that eating at your desk is an important element of workplace food culture…
- After the "Nine Assumptions" post, I took the opportunity of a milestone anniversary to backtrack on my workplace food culture sojourn…
- Enough with the problems.
I wanted to talk about solutions.
- In "…My Next Best Thing…" I set the table by raising the issue of
cake culture — environments where indulgent treats are the norm
— and addressed how "food altars" alienate some employees and may sabotage employees' aspirations.
I tried to pre-empt the inevitable resistance, which tends to take one of two paths:
- 1. Stop taking away choice!
This common objection is mystifying. Introducing healthy options doesn't reduce choice. But, for some reason, these "choice" people — who usually focus on their preferred choice while dismissing others' — can't be appeased.
- 2. No one has to eat that junk food if they don't want to!
This is the great American "every-man-for-himself" approach to wellbeing — isolating, cynical, and… unfounded:
- (The Times article acknowledged that obesity is a function of both genetics and environment, rather than simply willpower.)
Then, there's this…
- The next article revealed my first-hand account of how I set out to address "cake culture"…