Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Work luncheons. Seriously, my new job lovessssssss luncheons. My old place of work was cheap, busy, not very employee oriented, and there really just wasnít a lot of people working the same shifts for it to be worth it. We had a party or luncheon once a month to celebrate birthdays but they were usually quick and to the point because all of us had deadlines or something that we had to be doing. However, this new place holds lots of meetings, baby showers, team appreciation meals, individual birthday parties and potlucks. Some of these meetings last over 2 hours and some during normal lunch hours meaning the bosses here have usually provided food. Lunch for them unfortunately means lasagna, fried chicken, pizza, subs, etc. Today was cheese raviolis and buttered breadsticks. Iíve avoided this for weeks by packing my own healthy lunches and snacks. But when I get called into a last minute meeting at noon that Iím told will last for over an hour chances are Iím going to help myself to some of whatever you have because Iím starving! Which is exactly what happened today, I sat there being diligent and awesome for an hour, then an hour + some still awesome, and then gave in and had some of everything out of pure hunger and boredom. Also, in our line of business weíre often the subject of what Iíve come to call ďlunch schmoozersĒ. Home health agencies want us to refer our discharging patients to them and are often having lunch delivered to us to attempt to win our business. One day it was Heavenly Ham, the next was Panera Bread and tomorrow is Chipotle. Again I could decline this, but the agencies are only providing it to myself and my director so itís difficult to refuse without being rude. (They normally sit and chat with us while we all eat together, weird I know.) Luckily the agency bringing Chipotle tomorrow asked for our orders, so I can at least make that as healthy as possible!
Another thing: the employees love hosting their own potlucks and parties during lunch hour which is becoming difficult socially for me to make new friends! I was called picky to my face the other day because I was eating my salad that I packed instead of the homemade casseroles and wings they brought from home to share. Iím always polite about it, and think in the future Iíll sign up for these as well and just make a healthy homemade dish for everyone so it doesnít always seem like Iím not participating. But being the new girl in a club full of people who have been there for years isn't easy when you're not eager to join them in the break room. I've spent most days enjoying my lunch in my office in private, which I actually prefer anyway cos' I get some work done at the same time, but it would be nice to make some new friends since I'm missing a lot of mine from my previous job.
I love my new job so much! I guess I just wished working in healthcare everyone would care a little more about our health! & that I wouldn't be faced with this particular battle so early on in my journey. Any tips on how to avoid giving in to the temptations, or not being socially awkward/rude at a potluck?