How do you politely say no to cupcakes at the office? Reader A has a great question, with shades of “how to stop the food pushers at the office,” as well as how to adapt to the “snack culture” at a new office, and more. Here’s the Q:
I recently started in a new office, and people love to bring in food and snacks all the time. Trouble is, I don’t like to eat lots of sugary snacks, and, frankly, don’t enjoy flavorless cakes with too much icing. How can I say no without appearing standoffish or snobby?
Well, I wouldn’t include the bit about “flavorless cakes with too much icing.” Instead, how about: “This looks delicious, but I’m good, thanks.” or “What beautiful frosting! None for me though.” or even “I’m not a big snacker, but thank you for offering!” [Read more...]