A friend was telling me about a situation that happened at her office the other day. This organization was open on President’s Day, but they conduct a lot of their business with people who are from government agencies, which were closed on last Monday.
The way I understand it, there is a staff of 12 people. The Director and another staff member were out of town. The Assistant Director is relatively new, and when she came on board either she was told and/or it became obvious to her that some of the staff don’t like each other much; i.e., they interact only when they have to. According to what friend told me, AD is somewhat adamant about changing the office atmosphere so that everyone “gets along” better.
Although last Monday was a slower day (no clients coming in) the staff members were all working on monthly reports and other desk projects. First thing in the morning, AD checked to see if anyone had definite lunch plans (apparently they didn’t), and she announced that she was going to order box lunches and soft drinks to be delivered from a deli so they could all eat together and relax in the conference room. Everyone paid for their own lunch.
When the lunches were delivered, AD paid and put everything in the conference room. As friend got hers she received an important call from someone in the regional office and took her lunch to her desk. The call took about 20 minutes, during which time friend proceeded to eat some of her food.
After the call, friend went to the conference room and that after counting boxes someone discovered they were one lunch short – only 9 lunch boxes had been delivered. Two people shared a lunch. Another person said to friend “We only got 9 lunches. You could have waited until after your call to start eating.” She said "Well, I got hungry" and if they were shorted, it wasn’t her fault, and she didn’t see why anyone should care that she started to eat her food at her desk.
Needless to say, this turned out to be a not-so-warm and fuzzy lunch break.
I think the rude person was the one who made the comment when friend came to the conference room with her half eaten lunch. As far as the shortage, someone should have counted upon delivery and the deli should have brought another.
What are your opinions?