Workers put off by colleagues eating smelly food for lunch

Workers put off by colleagues eating smelly food for lunch

Workers are finding it difficult to do their job because colleagues eat smelly food for lunch, including oily fish, cheese or egg sandwiches, a study in the UK has found.

A survey of 1,000 office workers in the UK found that almost two out of three eat their lunch at their desk most of the week.

Two out of five said they were too busy to take a proper lunch break, while over half branded colleagues who eat strong-smelling food as anti-social.

The worst smell was said to be oily fish such as mackerel or sardines, followed by cheese and eggs, but fewer than one in five workers ask a colleague to eat somewhere else.

Buttered toast topped the list of the best-smelling food, followed by fresh pastries and a bacon sandwich.

Gareth Cowmeadow, of interior landscaping firm Ambius, which conducted the research, said: "Some people may not realise how much of an effect their lunch choices could have on co-workers who sit near them."


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