My colleague's always munching food at his desk - it drives me mad. Can you help?

Ask your boss to send a note round suggesting everyone refrain from eating at their desks, says Jeremy Bullmore.

by Jeremy Bullmore

Q: My colleague drives me mad by munching food at his desk throughout the day. It's noisy, distracting and smells. I've made jokes of it, but he doesn't seem to get the message and it seems petty to complain to my boss or ask to move. Any advice?

Jeremy Bullmore says: When sensitive issues of this sort arise, it's usually a good idea to try to depersonalise them.

Most office managers would agree that there are sound, general reasons to at least discourage if not prohibit the consumption of food at work stations. Quite apart from the kind of irritation that you're experiencing, crumbs get into keyboards and can also attract mice. Remnants of food can make life unnecessarily difficult for the office cleaners.

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