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Feb 23, 2014 03:06 PM

Do you cook or bake for your coworkers?

I work in a fairly friendly environment and at the holidays or for special occasions, many of us will cook or bake, but there is one particular person who does this year round, just randomly, which averages to nearly every other day. It doesn't really bother me, as I usually just walk by whatever treats are on the communal table, but some of my colleagues have expressed that they find this behavior somewhat odd particularly when the treats are specifically labeled "for the boss, but you guys can share a few." Do you routinely cook or bake for your coworkers?

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  1. I don't always cook or bake for my coworkers. But every once in a while I will buy a dozen donuts or something to that effect and bring it in. I think all of us do that at my workplace. I would do it more often if I had more money but everyone at work is on a tight budget lately. So we are kinda limited to how often we bring things into work. But every so often we will have organized random days where we just all bring food and pig out on that.

    1. A) I used to haave a coworker whose considerable worries were eased by the process of baking, so she brought goodies to work several times a week. We appreciated it but felt like we were moochers and were concerned about the money it was costing her. Things evolved into a collection kitty which paid for her ingredients, with the surplus going to the charity which our office supported year in, year out.
      B) The label may have been meant as a joke.
      C) If the label's not in jest, it's brown-nosing and it's objectionable.

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      1. re: greygarious

        I should specify, it's not an actual label but what she says when people inquire in the morning-"oh this is for *the boss*, I didn't make enough for everyone but you can share a couple."

        1. re: fldhkybnva

          That sounds really weird to me.

          I cook and bake a lot. I rarely bring it to work.

          I am the boss, so I would worry that they might think they should eat it (and like it) even if they didn't. I also know that most have some sort of restriction(calories, gluten free, etc) so it wouldn't work well, in my case.

          1. re: sedimental

            that's where I am, too....

            I do bring stuff in from time to time, but it's a little weird as the boss -- so I usually keep it to donuts from the independent shop that nobody else goes to (they love the donuts I get there..everybody else buys Dunkin Donuts. No biggie -- the price is the same, and it's 5 minutes out of my way, so it's nice that I can bring the "special" donuts)

            Additionally, my team is unusually health-conscious -- there's a real trend at our office for eating clean and healthy, and quite a few of us have various allergies and sensitivities, so we just don't collectively eat a lot of sweets.

            (they do appreciate it when I do bring in goodies, though)

        2. re: greygarious

          Your first point reminds me of my mom's situation the last few years before she retired. She loved to bake. After my dad died, she lost some of the regular opportunities to bake for a crowd and hence started brining in more and more to her workplace. But she was on a limited income. They did a similar thing--pooled money for birthday and other celebrations--and that went toward Mom's ingredients twice per month. And when my siblings and I bought her a new cabinet stove when hers died, the company sent over one of its guys to install it for free. They also bought her a very nice stand mixer for her retirement and continued a 1x month donation for her to bake for them. She still goes in with baked goods about 1 or 2 times per month. They get her great food; she has a structure for staying connected.

        3. During the last presidential election I volunteered one afternoon a week at a county party headquarters. The paid workers were mostly very young and were existing on coffee, Coke and sugar. I started bringing in 'real' food, i.e., fixings for tacos. They and their parents thanked me :)

          The situation you describe seems quite odd.

          1. I've been bringing in food to share with my colleagues because I'm hoping to find some real enthusiasm for my culinary efforts. Neither DD nor semi-estranged DH have much interest in my foodie explorations. I've gotten some positive responses at work, but mainly for baked goods and other treats. Of my savory items, I got some favorable reaction from the quinoa kale salad and roasted beets, but no one availed themselves of the roast pork tenderloin.

            1. If they're only really "for the boss" then why even leave them out at the communal table. And every other day?!? Yeah, that's a bit excessive considering they're only supposed to be meant for one person. It all sounds very odd to me.

              But to answer the question, when I do bake and I have leftovers, I'll bring them into the office. This only averages out to be about twice a year for me, though.

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              1. re: SaraAshley

                She bakes for the rest of us as well, but then other days for the boss. The treats will be very openly on her desk and people get understandably confused.

                1. re: fldhkybnva

                  yeah, that's a pretty special brand of...something.

                  1. re: fldhkybnva

                    Maybe she doesn't have enough for everybody on those occasions and figures
                    saving it for the boss is neutral? If she's doing it primarily to satisfy her own hobby rather than a need to feed everyone.
                    I still think it's weird and I wouldn't do that on a regular basis. If I'm only sharing with a few I just offer discreetly to them.