Yesterday's post had a barrage of articles on why eating at your desk is lame.
Desktop Dining: It's Unsanitary, Unhealthy, Unfriendly And We All Do It
Professionals who bill for their time have another reason to eat at their desks. Delia Jones and Jennifer Downey work at ICF, a downtown consulting firm. "In consulting, we bill in half-hour increments. You can't bill lunch, so you want to keep it short," Jones says.
The Yuck Factor
According to a widely cited study of 7,000 work sites by University of Arizona microbiologist Charles Gerba, offices are "the laptop of luxury [har-dee-har] for germs." A typical telephone, the study showed, had more than 25,000 germs per square inch. A typical desk had 10 million germs. Keyboard and computer mice are filthy too.
Make It, and Eat at Your Desk
If you must eat lunch at your desk, it need not be a rushed or boring affair. Think of it as an urban picnic, minus the blanket and the ants . . . with a little preparation, a creative meal of wraps, soup or salad can be put together with store-bought ingredients and homemade favorites.