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Employees In A Pickle Over Office Lunches

President Obama introduced his budget the other day and we could be heading toward a federal government shutdown, but that's so much yada yada. Let's talk about what's really important: sandwiches!

When it comes to office lunches, employees feel sandwiched between bad mayo and iceberg lettuce. U.K. office design company Maris Interiors surveyed 185 employees and found 80% feel the sandwich quality at their business meetings stinks like a mushy tuna sandwich left in a lunch sack.

Less than 5% of employees surveyed (4%) think the quality of office sandwiches has improved since 2006. A full 16% of employees can't tell the difference. These office Mikeys will gobble it up as long as it's free.

I'm a little confused why a British office design company conducted a survey about sandwich quality, but I'm going to suspend my disbelief for a few more paragraphs.

The decline in sandwich quality is the result of -- you guessed it -- the Great Recession. Companies are spending less per employee on sandwiches, which means the good stuff has left the building. Goodbye, smoked avocado turkey with organic sprouts on multigrain rye. Hello, American cheese and shaved, processed turkey on Home Pride, or whatever was cheapest per head at the deli. I'll let Yahoo! News pin the tail on the donkey:
Maris Interiors' Chairman Michael Howard said "It's a sign of these austere times that companies are spending much less on sandwiches in the boardroom. It's certainly a sensible way to cut costs, but be careful not to overdo it: you won't impress a client with jam sandwiches!"

Apparently, employers won't impress their own employees, either. Well, I hope employers are still buying the good chips because most of us are willing to overlook a lower-quality sandwich if the sides make up for it. You can download the Maris Interiors' press release here.

Speaking of sandwiches, parents in Madison, Wisconsin will have a lot of time today to prepare their kids' lunches.


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