Office kitchen rules
Published on August 18, 2016
published on August 18, 2016

ThePeopleAlchemist Edit: HR, business, work environment as a battleground – the dreaded office kitchen rules



Office kitchen rules: shared food areas seem to turn some work environments into battlegrounds.

The dirty plates and cups start to pile up hand in hand, and so do the excuses: “I am too busy”, ” It wasn’t me”, “I can’t work the dishwasher”…

The more staff see others leaving dirty dishes, especially if their manager does it, the more they feel “justified” to do it too.

I know all of this sounds petty and not important but don’t forget every employer has the primary duty of care to ensure the health and safety of workers, and unkept premises can present hazards like slips, trips and falls, burns and food hygiene issues when using unclean utensils and crockery.

A good induction when employees start their job should include/cover basic office rules, health safety and legal obligations.

Don’t write passive-aggressive notes but a note aimed at responsible people with manners that were temporarily forgotten.

What else could you do? Some office kitchen rules basics:

  • Active monitoring
  • Cleaning rotas
  • Using own cutlery
  • Reward system


It is the smaller things that pile up and become real issues.

You’re welcome 🙂


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Laura Mariani

Laura Mariani

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