Here’s my dilemma. I run and attend a lot of meetings where food is provided so that everyone can ‘eat and work’ in the spirit of efficiency. What’s interesting is nine times out of ten, the food is still on the table an hour or two later – hardly touched. I’m sure everyone has noticed this phenomenon – but no one talks about it. It’s the elephant in the meeting room.
When we cater, are starving participants thrown off their train of thought for the entire meeting as they wrestle with the overwhelming desire to eat, yet resisting in case they commit a social faux pas of some kind?