A new food rule in my agency’s high-tech, high-stress work rooms attempts to keep employees from losing their concentration and messing up the equipment with their snacks. Interpretation of said food rule, unfortunately, is left up to managers.
Here’s an eyewitness report of one the new food rule being enforced in a work area:
“Somebody brought cupcakes to work. The manager made them remove the cupcakes from the room because they violated our new food order.
“The next day, somebody brought in muffins with icing. These were perfectly acceptable.
“The reason? We're not allowed to eat ‘cake’ in the room and ‘cupcake’ has the word ‘cake’ in it.
“Cupcakes with frosting?—Bad.
Muffins with icing?—Good.”