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Your Two Cents: Does Your Office Provide Treats?

A friend of mine has been gloating about her office installing a bar fully stocked with beer and cocktail fixings for employees to enjoy whenever they please. When she first told me it was installed I thought "How very old fashioned Mad Men! I wonder if they booze before client meetings?" but quickly sobered up and wondered if the bar is just an HR and productivity disaster waiting to happen.

While mixed drinks aren't on the menu at most workplaces, in my experience it's fairly common for employers to stock the office kitchen or common area with soda, snacks and even occasional bagel breakfasts if there's a budget for it. Does your office offer treats or do you have to whip out your wallet?

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SKC-Sparkle SKC-Sparkle 7 years
One of our secretaries is a big baker - and she makes wonderful stuff.
aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
Yep but they charge for everything, even the coffee. Lame.
bchicgrl bchicgrl 7 years
It's better that I have to bring my own snacks, it's a healthier when I have to think about it first not just go to the vending machine.
insanitypepper insanitypepper 7 years
I work for a local gov't, so there are definitely no employer provided snacks. Can you imagine the public outcry? We even have to form our own water clubs to pay for the water coolers.
pharm_chick pharm_chick 7 years
i work in a drugstore so naturally, we have tons of food lol
WeTheLiving WeTheLiving 7 years
What company has a bar at the office? That is crazy! I think I'd be a little worried about my car in the parking garage by the end of the day. I'm not sure how professional that would seem to have clients coming in and smelling alcohol on your breath. We have coffee and water daily. Our supervisor makes a trip to Sam's every once in awhile and asks what we want, so we usually have cokes, hot chocolate (for me!), and snacks that vary from popcorn to ding dongs. There's also a bowl that people throw candy in sometimes.
WeTheLiving WeTheLiving 7 years
What company has a bar at the office? That is crazy! I think I'd be a little worried about my car in the parking garage by the end of the day. I'm not sure how professional that would seem to have clients coming in and smelling alcohol on your breath. We have coffee and water daily. Our supervisor makes a trip to Sam's every once in awhile and asks what we want, so we usually have cokes, hot chocolate (for me!), and snacks that vary from popcorn to ding dongs. There's also a bowl that people throw candy in sometimes.
mek123 mek123 7 years
coffee, tea and hot chocolate are provided, everything else you have to pay for. At a prior company, they provided beverages and hot and cold cereal and bagels and fruit twice a week and Friday happy hour (beer and wine) and free vending machines and lots of Sprinkles cupcakes. But I want a job where there is full bar (I could use it today).
Spectra Spectra 7 years
We get free coffee, but everything else you have to pay for in the hospital cafeteria. However, someone brings in treats for the lab probably at least twice a week so if you get to the lounge fast enough, sometimes you can get one of the treats before they all get eaten!
jul3z jul3z 7 years
fruits are free, but sugary snacks are out of your own pocket
amybdk amybdk 7 years
Luckily, yes! Beverages and other snacks like string cheese, granola bars, trail mix, cookies, crackers... Fridays we get to have an in-office happy hour with wine or beer.
OHmeetsBK OHmeetsBK 7 years
I work at an independent k-12 school. We get lunch in the cafeteria for $2 a day - and its pretty good! But other than that, no food or drink. My sister works at a film production company in Los Angeles - they have a fully stocked kitchen! She's always grabbing a diet coke or making a tuna salad sandwich in that kitchen. I'm so jealous.
Antioxidant Antioxidant 7 years
We have a cafe that sells Godiva items and sometimes we get some free Godiva stuff. Usually things that are just a bit stale or melted, but they taste just fine. :p
weffie weffie 7 years
A cocktail bar in the office?! Are they hiring???
Carrie-Sue Carrie-Sue 7 years
We have snacks downstairs and drinks you can buy at the cost we purchase them. It's on an honor basis which we can only keep going if everyone pays for what they take. It's been going for years now, so it's safe to say we have good crew :).
bengalspice bengalspice 7 years
tea, coffee, hot chocolate ... and nothing else.
skigurl skigurl 7 years
i work in the public service nothing is free nothing!
sonya-ina sonya-ina 7 years
Indeed! We have so much available, if I'm not careful I'll leave work a few pounds heavier.
Smacks83 Smacks83 7 years
They have stocked drinks (coffees,teas, sodas, juice) but no actual food. Oh, and there is a huge candy dish by my desk (Im the receptionist) which is evil and yummy. But mostly evil,lol.
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 7 years
Free coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and snacks. A popcorn machine. Bagels and muffins every Friday. But sodas and other vending machine-type snacks aren't free.
nutella2683 nutella2683 7 years
We have "beverage center" refrigerators stocked with cokes, dr. peppers, etc and tropicana juices. 2 regular fridges stocked with the same as well as beer and those are where we can keep our brought in lunches. Every Friday is Bagel Friday with a huge assortment of bagels and muffins. There are client meetings, sometimes several, so theyre always ordering catered meals for that and what's not eaten is put in one of the three kitchens we have for everyone else to have at. Then there's also the vending machine. Yeah, they love food and drink here:)
Advah Advah 7 years
Worst - we have a CAFE, with a pretty terrace and all. It's actually known as one of the best in town, so I can tell you it's super difficult to resist getting a piece of cake every day. AND a scone with cream and homemade jam in the morning. Sigh.
starangel82 starangel82 7 years
On my own.
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
we're on our own here. we have this cafe but it's not free or anything like that. we do from time to time have parties that are thrown that have beer and things like that. just this past friday we had a belated st patty's day event and they had guiness and other beer. (although they did say that they were going to have wine, but we didn't see any)
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 7 years
We have access to free teas, coffee, hot chocolate, etc. but food is out of your own wallet. However our department believes in multiple "cake" days and we alternate days on which someone brings in treats ... desperately wish today was a cake day.
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