Etiquette Tuesday: Piping Hot

[ 0 ] February 7, 2012 |


A few Etiquette posts ago I spoke on the issue of etiquette in business travel. This week I turn to basic office etiquette, specifically where there is food involved.

Scenario: You just get in the office with the hot and freshly made breakfast sandwich you’ve been craving since your alarm sounded off that morning. You settle in, take that first bite and here comes your less than favorable co-worker coming over for morning conversation. You try to be polite and simply set those scrambled eggs aside but you know inside your head there’s no coming back from cold scrambled eggs.

Now I know the drill: You’re at work so you’re expected to give your time and attention to that when you are present. There are, however, etiquette rules that should fall in line here. Random conversation can wait, can’t it? Business conversation means you forgo those hot eggs and handle what needs to be taken care of ASAP. Hovering over my piping hot breakfast to talk about a new garden you’ve started can honestly wait. There is the exception if this co-worker is one of your more favorable to talk to in the office because they are probably used to you munching away while they give the recap of their weekend.

Try to keep some consideration and think about your last hot breakfast, didn’t the eggs taste better when warm?

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Johnna French is a Harlem NY native with deep roots in Panama, Washington, DC and North Carolina. All four places have heavily influenced her life and the foods she loves today. After graduating Howard University School of Law and beginning her life as a young professional in the city she was led to start Johnna Knows Good Food in November 2007 to keep family, friends and colleagues updated on where to go and what to eat while dining in the nation’s capitol. French, who still practices law, leads a team of three writers to cover the ever expanding Washington, DC food scene. French has been featured in print and television, appearing in Washingtonian Magazine and is a regular contributor to various local TV affiliates including WUSA 9, FOX 5 DC and WJLA (ABC Affiliate) News Channel 8. During the 2016-2017 football season, Johnna aired on Comcast Sports Mid-Atlantic (CSN) show, Redskins Life, as the weekly tailgate host. Johnna is currently a regular contributor to the FOX Baltimore Weekend morning show.

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