Unpleasant New Coworkers…

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
7654 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@LucyDiamond:  I don’t think you can ever be forced to eat lunch with someone you don’t want to, and it certainly shouldn’t break up the group or have an affect (although it might).

When I was interviewed for a full time position at my summer workplace they asked me why I never want to eat with the employees. The truth? Because spending my house with a bunch of clucking hens that have nothing better to do but talk poorly about other employees is not my idea of a peaceful lunch. I get paid to interact with these people. I don’t get paid to put up with their bull shit on my unpaid lunch.

I told them it was because I enjoy my lunches to myself. it is a time for me to eat, read, go for a walk, run errands, which is true too. I don’t feel bad about thinking either way. they can’t force you to have lunch with these people.

Post # 4
1118 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Wow, I agree they were pretty rude.  My suggestion is to just stop going to lunch with them.  I understand that most people want to play nice at work and make friends but work is for work.  Keep it cordial and professional and that’s all it should be. 

Post # 5
9526 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’d just deline lunch the next few times saying that you need to do something at your desk or something like that. They’ll get the hint.

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