Chez Shea's: Doing Lunch At Your Desk

I do lunch every work day at a reserved table in a small, but very exclusive Hartford bistro called Chez Shea.

The food is to my liking, the ambience is familiar, and you can't beat the company.

I eat at my desk.

Dining at your desk used to be for losers and people engaged in the hard work of full-time sucking up. Now everyone does it.

Studies show that 65 to 70 percent of workers now chow down at their work station at least several times a week.

This figure does not include those who skip lunch altogether, or those who eat continuously throughout the day and are often not even aware there is a period specifically dedicated to this activity.

A third segment is made up of people who eat lunch at their desk but only consume items harvested from break room vending machines. (These people tend to glow in the dark after a while.)

While many workers dine at their desks to save money, this is not the case with everyone. In fact, there is a large group who actually lose income by brown bagging it. I am referring, of course, to some of the workforce's most creative individuals … those who have expense accounts.

Speaking of which, the three-martini lunch at your desk is not a good idea, no matter how palpable it makes the afternoon meeting.

Desk fare usually consists of simple choices such as the sandwich or salad. However, some employees seek to turn it into a fine dining experience partaking of multi-course meals complete with appetizers, entrees, dessert and a nice bottle of wine.

One way to tell if your luncheon menu has become too elaborate is if you notice restaurant critics loitering near your cubicle.

There are several disadvantages to desk dining.

It can be messy, particularly if you don't always bus your desk after eating.

And, you know, leaving half eaten stuff around, particularly if it becomes buried beneath several layers of debris, can attract rodents?

Here's a quick way to tell if your cubicle has become home to unwanted pets. Pickup your keyboard, turn it over and shake. If something furry falls out and scurries away, immediately notify your supervisor or the maitre d'.

Finally, there is the matter of bacteria.

According to a study, an average desktop has 400 times more bacteria than a toilet set. Is it just me or is everything these days home to more bacteria than a toilet seat?

If this is true, though, we need to either start sanitizing our work surfaces, or start eating in the restroom.

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