Do you have those ubiquitous candy bowls in your office? I’m guessing right now they contain some kind of left-over little chocolate, foil-wrapped Easter eggs. One can only hope it’s a nice peanut butter filling. Oh, I got distracted for a minute. I’ll give a nod to Passover, but I’m thinking there probably aren’t any bowls filled with old matzo.
A WSJ article, “The Battle of the Office Candy Jar” got me thinking about this critical aspect of office politics. I first became aware of its importance when I started working in the alcohol and drug counseling field. Most of my colleagues were recovering alcoholics. I was a fairly newly-recovering nicotine addict and never knew I had a sweet tooth until I gave up the cigs. Here’s something to jot down – Don’t EVER mess with a recovering person’s sugar delivery method of choice.
One day, the receptionist, who was no fun on so many levels, announced we would do away with the candy bowls. She wanted to reduce her temptation and suggested we all eat healthier. (10 Foods To Add to Your Office Diet) This resulted in some of us buying a six-inch long black rubber cockroach to put in her desk drawer for a treat. She got the message.
How Do You Avoid It?
Well, to be fair to the Candy Police, here’s something to think about. The WSJ article calculated how many calories you would consume if you ate two pieces of candy every workday for four weeks – 1,920! Yikes, those baby Snickers are deadly!
But seriously, can you really walk past that candy bowl and not grab something? I don’t know about you, but the only thing I’d turn down would be those gummy things.
You’ve probably had a similar experience at your office. Maybe it was your boss who declared that candy money was going to be cut from the budget (if you had it in yours) or like our receptionist, someone declared an office candy-free zone. So tell me how you coped? Was it as awful as I imagine?
Share your office candy bowl war stories!
This post is from regular Jobacle contributor Nancy LaFever.