Let’s Talk Coffee, Shall We?
More than likely, at the time you’re reading this, I’m enjoying a steaming hot cup of joe. I have a cup in the morning when I’m getting ready for work and once at the office I tend to enjoy that delicious java throughout the day.
We’ve got a happy coffee-drinking crowd in my office and pots are brewing all day long. We even have one fabulous co-worker who, upon starting a fresh pot mid-afternoon, sends an email out to a handful of people with the subject line “FRESH COFFEE!” (and then she sits back as we all stampede to her work area….)
It’s a workplace institution, isn’t it? Grabbing a cup of that Wakey Juice in the break room and catching up with Joe from Accounting for a few minutes. Perhaps sampling some double-decadent-chocolate cookies baked by Karen in Marketing which she lovingly brought in for her co-workers.
Well not so fast. That’s not the norm in every workplace.
Just the other day, while perusing the interwebz, I found this sample of HR policy goodness::
“Employee Break Room Usage Policy” Take a break and enjoy complimentary decaf! (3 minutes)
In other words – you have 3 minutes to get in and out and back to your desk. And we only give you the decaf. No Leaded version available.
And oh yes – this was an actual HR policy. In fact, this was part of the company’s New Employee Orientation program and this line warranted a slide all-its-own.
Wouldn’t be the place for me.