Can the employee order delivery to the office regularly? What does the legislation say about this? Can you eat at your desk?
Is that a good eating habit? Let’s look at some information and think about the issue together!
What we will see in this article
Food delivery fever
Ordering food at home or at work has always existed. However, in recent years, we can say that there is a strong trend in ordering delivery to the office of food.
The pandemic period was undoubtedly one of those responsible for the above-average boost in the habit of ordering food delivery.
This was because people had to stay at home to avoid contagion of the virus, and it was also not very advisable to go to the supermarket every day, so ordering food was often the best option to make a meal.
A generation that can’t (or won’t) cook
In addition, it is increasingly common to find adult people, especially young people, who do not know how to cook. In such cases, ordering an office delivery via mobile can be the most viable alternative to eating something tasty.
Not to mention that it is an easy and practical option, which dirties fewer dishes and satisfies the most immediate desires, given the huge menu of products offered by the apps.
The return to work after the pandemic and new old habits
Although there are many people who continue to work from home or in a mixed mode, a considerable number of people have already returned to face-to-face activities.
However, they took with them some habits cultivated during the pandemic. One of them was to order delivery as the first option for the meal. Including for lunch and break times at work.
If lunches with coworkers used to be a big event in the day, with special schedules, nowadays it is common to see many people ordering delivery to eat at the office.
Can you order delivery to the office regularly?
Yes, there is nothing to prevent the practice. Neither in relation to the legislation nor in relation to the employer. In fact, under the law, employers cannot prevent their employees from bringing food from home or ordering it at the office.
Since the employee’s right to food at lunchtime or break is guaranteed by law, the criterion for the choice of food is personal.
This also applies to companies that provide food or lunch in the company. If the employee prefers to order a delivery, the company cannot restrict it.
If the company provides me with lunch but I don’t want to eat the food, can I make them pay for my delivery?
The company can choose to provide food for its employees itself. The practice is most common in factories, industries, large companies and, of course, in restaurants and food segments.
In such cases, an amount for the cost of the meal is deducted from the worker’s salary. This amount cannot exceed 20% of the direct cost of the meal.
But if you don’t like the lunch menu or want to eat something else, you have to bear that cost individually. The company is not obliged to pay for your delivery.
If the company provides me with Meal Vouchers, can I order delivery or am I obliged to spend in restaurants?
You can ask for delivery yes! In the case of the Meal Voucher benefit, it is at the discretion of the worker to choose the establishments where he will use it.
For example, it is common for many people to take food from home every day and prefer to accumulate their card balance to spend at the weekend or with family members. This is not illegal.
Similarly, the company cannot determine where you will use your benefit.
What can happen is that there are restrictions on whether or not the card is accepted on certain food apps. In this case, you should look for establishments and apps that accept the Meal Voucher card you receive.
Can I eat my delivery at my desk?
It is not recommended, especially if there is a specific area for workers’ meals such as a pantry or cafeteria.
If this space is not available, it is possible to eat at your own table. Even small offices, however, often provide spaces for eating and consuming food. Not least for hygiene and good practice reasons.
Can I order delivery at the office more than once a day?
This will depend on each company’s policy and what your working environment is like. In environments where long working hours occur, such as advertising agencies, the practice is common and tolerated.
In more formal places, such as offices, it is best to order delivery only on your lunch break or if you have another break reserved for snacking.
It is not good manners to order delivery more than once or several times during the day. Not least because it creates distraction and may not be consistent with the number of breaks the employee can take.
Is it healthy to order delivery to the office every day?
This is a personal choice, but it is certainly not a practice recommended by nutritionists. The main reason is that people tend to order more fatty and caloric foods on delivery, such as fast food, pasta, sweets, ice cream and other treats.
Especially for those who already have a big habit of ordering delivery, this may seem like a practical and natural choice. However, it can be interesting to look at what products you usually order and whether you are not consuming too many calories.
In addition, it is a financial cost to order food every day. It’s usually higher than eating at a restaurant near your work. Much bigger than preparing your own food.
If you order a lot of delivery, try to vary the routine a bit
For those who are in ‘delivery every day’ mode, here’s a reflection to change the routine a little. Sometimes leaving work on your lunch break to check out a cool restaurant near the office can be a refreshing activity.
The same is true of lunches and meals out with colleagues, where you can talk to people and exchange experiences.
Maybe taking a day to cook at home and bringing a lunchbox is a way to save money and also learn how to prepare new dishes? The convenience of delivery is good, but it is always interesting to vary the routine and do new things.