I love almost everything about my job. I’m passionate about the work that I do and the impact that it makes.
I enjoy working with and seeing my colleagues every day.
They greet me with a smile every morning when I come to work.
I say good-bye to my co-workers every day before I go home.
I talk to them about my problems, and they give me great advice on how to resolve them.
I tell them about my work, and they share with me what they do.
I admire the great work of my senior colleagues and aspire to be one of them one day.
I like my desk. It’s not a tiny cubicle that you see on TV. There is definitely enough space for me to share it with someone else.
At my desk, I display the gifts that my colleagues have gotten me from all over the world.
One thing that I also love about my job is the free food it provides.
We don’t have free food all the time. When we do on special occasions (i.e. brownbag, end-of-the-year party), I just get super excited and enjoy the food a great deal.
1. It’s FREE.
This is probably the most important reason why I like the food provided at work. I can eat Whole Foods catering, tuna wraps, Thai food, and other delicious cuisine without worrying about how much it costs me.
I always think of it as me eating out without having to pick a restaurant or pay for it.
Grilled chicken, fried dumplings, spring rolls & edamame
You might think that if I worked for myself, retired, or telecommuted to save on transportation costs, I could buy much more delicious food than that.
But it’s not the point. I like being physically in the office with my colleagues regardless of whether there’s free food or not. The free food just makes the office much more enjoyable.
Pork ribs, barbecue beef, grilled pork, casserole & corn bread
2. It helps me save money.
Since the food is free, it definitely helps me save money on lunch. Oftentimes there are leftovers, so I also pack some for lunch the next day.
Sometimes I feel like eating out. But once we have free food in the office, the urge is no longer there. I’m back to being happy with my home-cooked meals.
Thai food: coconut rice, beef pad see ew, chicken curry, stir-fried veggies & papaya salad
3. It helps me stay away from sugar.
Believe it or not, I do crave sweets every once in a while (probably once every two weeks). I didn’t grow up eating sweets for dessert or snacks all the time, so it’s not a habit of mine.
Instead of buying a big box of cookies or a huge cake from the store and eating it for days on end, I can eat a small cookie or a piece of cheesecake at work. And I’ll be good for the whole month.
I normally don’t buy cake.
Pecan pie – It was a bit too sweet for my taste. I’m glad I didn’t buy it.
4. I can try the food I usually don’t buy.
Sometimes I can try the delicious food I have never bought or probably won’t buy because of the price. Every time I try something new and tasty, I feel like my horizon has been broadened to a new level.
For example, I had never had smoked salmon wrap until it was provided in the office. Needless to say, it was delicious!
Smoked salmon wrap, pita bread & hummus, mango mousse & honey dew
5. Time to catch up with colleagues
I work in a relatively big office. Most of the time people on one side of the office don’t see those on the other side. But when there’s free food, everyone is at the same place at the same time.
It’s great to feel a sense of togetherness and to catch up with my colleagues on what they’ve been up to. Sometimes it feels a bit like a big family gathering, especially during the holidays. And I love it!
Sometimes I wonder if the free food will make up for a job that I hate. The answer is probably no. I don’t want to feel miserable at a job that I dislike just to enjoy some food I don’t have to pay for.
Luckily, I like both my job and the free food it provides. That’s why I’m not thinking of retiring early any time soon. Life’s good, so I’ll just let it be.