Post # 1
When did it become acceptable to have stuff in your mouth while in a professional situation? I was in a meeting today with CsomethingOs from our company (we have a lot) and people from all different career levels, and the amount of chomping, snapping, cracking and eating was way out of control, and this was not a lunch meeting. It seriously made me want to scream. I just don’t get it.
Post # 3
Lol thats a little ridiculous! I understand having a glass of water or a butterscotch/card candy to suck on (quietly) but theres no need to be eating!
Post # 4
I used to go to this seminar where no one else would eat except one professor who would snack on baby carrots the entire seminar, it didn’t matter if it was a student or a visiting professor who was presenting. Baby carrots are incredibly loud.
Post # 5
I eat several small meals a day instead of 3 big ones. I have hypoglycemia, and if I don’t eat and my blood sugar drops, I’m get dizzy and my heart starts racing and I could pass out. If meetings are scheduled at either 10 am, noon, or 3 pm, I will most likely be eating during them. Usually something small like oatmeal, vegitables/fruit, Cliff bars…etc.
I work in a very casual, creative environment, and no one seems to mind (at least they haven’t told me they mind).
If I’m meeting with clients or someone uber-important, I will try to eat before.
Post # 6
I think it all depends on the type of meeting/situation and your schedule. If you aren’t a high executive with back to back meetings then I think you should try to eat before the meeting. We try to have an unsaid rule that if there are non-company people in the meeting then you really shouldn’t have anything other than water/coffee with you.
Post # 7
I don’t know, but one of my bosses does that. He also clips his nails while on the phone and that grosses me out to no end. When the hell did it become ok to clip your nails in the office? Isn’t that a grooming function that people should perform at home? Admittedly, I get skeeved out by nail clipping (I never clip, only file), but I still find it to be a bit much.
Post # 8
@MissAdventure:My CFO does that too sometimes! I’m right outside of his office. Not ok!
Post # 9
I probably would spaz if someone was clipping their nails. Granted, I do have a manicure kit at work, but I don’t do regular maintenance there; it only comes out if a nail breaks and has to be cut. Eating is one thing and sometimes has very valid reasons like @CanAmBride, but, I had an actual meeting yesterday where a meal was served and it was a million times quieter. I think it was more of the gum chomping and cracking that was stressing me out. I don’t get how people think they are going to be taken seriously (for lack of better words) when they are doing that.
Post # 10
A little off topic but I was in a cab in NYC and the cab driver started clipping his nails in traffic. A piece flew off and landed on my lap. I seriously almost barfed!
General rule of thumb: any bodily function which can result in something flying and hitting another person should be done in the privacy of your own home.
Post # 12
I used to intern at the Statehouse, and a few state senators would actually walk out of important committee meetings, grab a sandwich and chat it up in the hall (right outside the meeting so you could see them) and then pop back in, eat their lunch and then vote. I know they research before (or at least I pray they do), but it bugged me so badly to watch them disregard any testimony and vote blindly (and with food in their mouth) :P.