I work in a manufacturing company in UAE as HR Incharge and have been getting regular complaints about the mess done by the staff after eating lunch in the office pantry like dropping food, leaving used food containers on table, spilling food in the fridge etc. I have put up warning posts on the pantry walls and also sent emails to the staff about the guidelines on the DO and DON'Ts of using the common lunch area. But still, the problem continues. Can anybody share any tips/solutions that have worked for you?
From United Arab Emirates, Dubai

Dear HR Team member
I am sorry to mention now that it shows the bad attitude of the your employees which can be changed by regular counselling whether one to one or in groups and spread the organisation culture and cleanliness inside the common area where other employees use for their convenience. Last but not least, spare the rod will spoil the child, you catch the defaulters and warn them and fine them to change for the better.

From India, New Delhi
Babu Alexander

Make this as pantry cum coffees shop and hand it over to group of ladies(wife’s)control. Fix the timings and procedures. You may see the wonders! It may click!
From India, Madras
I fully agree the idea of forming a society with the Spouses and entrusting the responsibility to them will bring lot of discipline in to the organization. Even you think about the uniform stitching, event management, creche management etc.,
From India, Hyderabad
problem is there are not many ladies just two , catching them red hand can help sort out the issue but it is easier said than done scenario.
From United Arab Emirates, Dubai
How many times you had lunch/Dinner/ Breakfast with the Staff members? Why you think they are not concerned for cleanliness ( Is there any dissatisfaction in their mind/heart for some reason?) Your more interaction with them will help you to conclude.
From India, Pune
Rahul Chhabra

HR Professional
This is normal, Nobody drops food intentionally while having a meal. We serve buffet lunch at office, and ensure that there is enough of housekeeping staff to clean up once each table is vacant.
From India, Delhi

Admin & Legal officer
You may circulate following type of circular among the employees and please do not forget to obtain signature of each & every employee. I feel it will create moral pressure.
Usage of Canteen Space
It is observed and found there are ants, cockroaches on certain desks in office. Company has designated enough space with all facilities except food for staff members. It is advisable and expected for all of us staff members to avail lunch break at designated place. It is advisable to all staff members to observe/adhere followings.
1. It is our moral responsibility to keep our desk neat and clean. The office peon cleans every desk in the morning and one should not expect from him to carry this work frequently/whole day.
2. In view of above it is our moral responsibility to avail lunch at designated place. Any staff member can utilize Company’s utensils available at the place but it is advisable for every one of us to clean such utilized utensils. It is not the duty as well as not advisable to expect from office peon to clean such utilized utensils every time.
3. It is also advise/requested to all staff members not to dump polluted food or non consumed food either in plate or not to dump it in dustbin.
4. It is also our moral as well as ethical responsibility to keep Canteen area neat and clean because it is a multipurpose space and also equipped with all ultra modern facility to conduct all types of meetings with staff members as well as with clients.
Henceforth it is advisable to all staff members to comply/obey above suggestions.
A. Prakash

From India, Halol
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