Is it appropriate to have candy around the office all the time? Well some say yes and some say no. If you have people that are actually trying to eat healthy, the office candy jar is an obstacle to them.
There is now research that shows that it is contributing to the problem of obesity in America. In a four week study of 40 secretaries it was found that when candy was visible in clear, covered dishes, participants ate 2.5 pieces of chocolate on top of 3.1 candies they would have eaten if the chocolates had been in an opaque container. Moving the candy dish closer added another 2.1 pieces of candy a day to their consumption.
According to Brian Wansink, a professor or marketing and human behavior at Cornell University and author of mindless eating, the proximity of food can consistently increase an adult's consumption.
Not to mention as stated previously, then we have people coming to stand around, to talk, to gossip, to create ill will at work, while visiting the candy jar, all on company time. Now I'm not one that would tell you that it's never okay to take a break, breaks are fine, but when it becomes let's run down to the candy jar and stand around and not do our jobs then it's a problem.
Not to mention that there may be people dieting in your organization and you certainly are not helping them, or being considerate of others. In addition, it has been stated that the people that bring said candy, goodies, treats to work constantly are the office mom's. I thought we went to work to be grown ups, I didn't know we needed a mommy at work. There was an article that I read recently, it said that if we as women want to be taken seriously at work, then we don't want to do this nurturing thing while we are there, one even wrote about tasks that she refused to perform because they were not a part of her job, not the reason she was hired, and sometimes when we perform these little extra tasks, it takes away from our time that we would otherwise be doing our jobs.
This is a direct quote from this article, I love it:
“Kim Jackson goes out of her way not to look at the table laden with food right outside her office at the Salem, Ore., construction company where she works. Covered with cookies, brownies, cake, candy and other treats brought by clients or employees, the table is nicknamed "the buffet," says Ms. Jackson, an accounts-payable specialist. "Every time the FedEx driver shows up, I am praying it will be fresh fruit." She sometimes deflects co-workers' pressure to have a snack by telling them she has to weigh in the next day at Weight Watchers.”
The other thing that comes to my mind with regard to candy and food at work, is do we really need to reward people with food to get them to do their jobs?
And then let's talk about teeth, some candies damage the enamel on your teeth. Eating junk food can attribute to low energy levels, weight gain, and illness.
So perhaps the next time you go to fill up that candy jar at work, you will stop and think of others and the bottom line for the company, candy costs money and time.