I work at an office with 37 other people. We have a common break room with a small kitchen. Therein lies my problem. The microwave oven is more of a diabolical science experiment than a cooking appliance. It is gross due to cooked on who-knows-what and the lingering miasma of burnt popcorn. When it gets bad enough that I can’t stand to heat up my lunch in it, I clean it. I am the only one. What can I do so I won’t always be the one to break down and do the cleaning?
- Lower your standards and heat up your lunch no matter what lurks behind the glass door.
- Bring lunches that don’t require heating (or cooling for that matter since the refrigerator is probably a Superfund site just like the microwave).
- Eat out – but first review all of the restaurant’s health inspection records since you seem slightly squeamish.
- Put up one of those, “Wipe the microwave – Your mother does not work here!” signs that everyone ignores.
If none of these work, visualize your new svelte body once you start missing a meal every day.
— Evil Skippy
P.S. I may have a crush on you. “The lingering miasma of burnt popcorn” was sheer poetry.
According to Wikipedia, refrigerators for home use were invented in 1913. Six months later, an employee at Speerman’s Farm Supply and Haberdashery in Albany, New York submitted the first documented complaint that co-workers were not doing their fair share of icebox cleaning. (None of that is true except the years. I needed filler. My point is that this complaint has been around practically forever).
Instead of nagging at your co-workers, do what I told a friend to do last year. Go right to the top and nag at the CEO. (Substitute “HR Manager” for CEO if you aren’t yet ready for the major leagues). Say something like this:
“The microwave in the lunchroom gets so filthy that it is not useable. It makes the whole break room reek. I have cleaned it in the past but that’s not my job and doing it takes me away from the work the company hired me to do. May I suggest that you require that the janitorial service include cleaning the kitchen appliances in their list of services? We employees don’t have to vacuum the office or clean the windows – why are we expected to clean the kitchen?”
My friend now gets to heat up her lunch in a clean microwave and she does not clean it herself. As for getting everyone to “wipe the microwave down” after each use – good luck with that.
Readers, how have you dealt with this situation?
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