Dining with co-workers can be awful or awesome, and a lot of it has to do with picking the right venue. Where you go will depend on where you work but here are our tips to point you in the right direction.
The cardinal rules of the work lunch
Don't pick somewhere expensive, unless someone's got a company card and either has permission to use it, or is kamikaze quitting.
Do pay for your interns. You can use it against them when they complain about being under-appreciated.
Don't be exclusive. You want a courtyard for tobacco fans, and a menu that caters for vegos, lactose-fearers and glutenorexics.
Do set the agenda. Are you drinking? How much? Are you going back to work? When?
Don't go somewhere with slow service – spreadsheet chit-chat runs out fast.
Do make sure there's good beer and cheep beer in case you get stuck in rounds.
Don't go to a titty bar.
Do go to a schnitty bar.