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Five Work Microwave Etiquette Commandments

Five Work Microwave Etiquette Commandments

Christine on the Monster Blog

The microwave has revolutionized how workers eat on the job, allowing them to enjoy goodies like warmed-up leftovers, frozen dinners and microwave popcorn while they work. Most workplaces, including Monster, provide several microwaves for employee use.

Alas, not everyone is on the same page when it comes to workplace microwave manners. To preclude confusion, here are my top five things to remember as you’re watching your lunch take a spin:

1. Thou Shalt Not Nuke Stinky Food

Fish is the most common offender, but the smell of his coworkers cooking anything with cheese makes my husband’s stomach turn. Be considerate of your neighbors.

2. Thou Shalt Not Leave a Mess

It’s just common sense: If your cup runneth over, clean it up.

3. Thou Shalt Not Jump the Line

Those people waiting by the microwave with leftovers in hand are hungry, too. Wait your turn, or find another microwave to use. An exception is when someone leaves their food in the oven. If they don’t come back to claim their Tupperware within a minute or two after the bell sounds, feel free to take it out and proceed with your own nuking.

4. Thou Shalt Not Leave It Broken

If your Lean Cuisine is still frozen after five minutes, don’t just go out to lunch. Let someone know the microwave’s busted so they can fix it.

5. Thou Shalt Reset the Controls

It’s great that your popcorn took less time to pop than you thought. Hit reset on your way out so the next person doesn’t have to.

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