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Proper Office Microwave Etiquette

Don’t be known around the office as “that” person with the horrible microwave habits. Do it right, with these three tips.

By
Richie Frieman,
Episode #144

If there is one thing I’ve learned about people as the Modern Manners Guy, it’s that coworkers tend to drive everyone nuts! I get email after email (which I LOVE so please keep sending them) asking how to deal with improper coworkers. Even though I talk about the office environment in many articles, I wanted to focus this article completely on those wacky coworkers. So, where to start? How about where we all gather, the kitchen, and better yet, the microwave.

What Is Proper Office Microwave Etiquette?

In many offices, “water cooler” talk has now been replaced with microwave talk as people stand around gossiping as they heat up their oatmeal, microwave lunch, or leftover Thai food. But whether you are meat lover, a vegetarian, a vegan, or that one guy I used work with who ate only protein bars (seriously, it was insane--I never saw him eat anything else) the microwave is not meant for JUST you. It’s shared—and it shouldn’t be treated like the microwave in your college dorm freshman year.

So here are my top three tips on how to show the proper office microwave etiquette.

Proper Office Microwave Etiquette Tip #1: Don’t Leave Your Food

My first pet peeve when it comes to improper microwave etiquette is when someone abandons their food like it was a sinking ship. What, you can’t wait the two minutes until it’s done? God forbid you stay away from your desk for 45 seconds while you heat up a cup of water.

Leaving your food in the microwave causes a ripple of bad things to occur, like when you overheat that soup and it spills, leaving you to clean up the microwave (usually half-a**ed), causing your fellow coworkers to have to wait even longer.

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