It may seem innocuous but a new study finds most of us disapprove of a common workplace biscuit habit - step away from those Bourbons now…
When it comes to etiquette for office food, there are several unwritten rules one must adhere to in pursuit of a peaceful life.
“Never microwave cod fillets in your lunch break” is an obvious edict.
“Don’t leave your gross dirty Tupperware in the sink” is another no-brainer.
But as we move over to the murky world of hot drinks, the rules are altogether less clear.
You can slurp your coffee in a casual brainstorm setting, for example, but would it be acceptable in a one-to-one?
When you get yourself a cuppa, do you have to ask everyone else in earshot vicinity or is it OK to slope off alone?
One area we always felt fairly safe on is the whole dunk-a-biscuit-in-your-tea thing.
It is, after all, a time-honoured office habit - arguably even a way of life.
But according to a new poll, having a quick dunk in an office setting is just not done anymore.
In a survey by biscuit brand McVitie’s, one in five Brits say they’d disapprove of a co-worker drinking ‘n’ dunking, particularly in the context of a business meeting.
This despite the fact that 71 per cent of people admit to being “dunkers” themselves.
The survey also reveals another no-no of the biscuit world at work.
Leaving crumbs on the side is a surefire way to get peoples’ backs up, apparently.
While eating someone else’s precious stash of digestives is frowned upon, a telling 38% find the crumb trail more offensive.
So, the next time you break into a packet of Jaffa Cakes at your desk, proceed with caution.
It really is a minefield out there…