Life Just Got Less Fun at the New York City Health Department


The New York City Health Department has unleashed a whole new slew of rules for its employees, who apparently need quite a lot of instruction on how not to have any fun, not even one bit, in the office. Among the guidelines in “Life in the Cubicle Village,” which was sent to employees prior to the office’s move to their new headquarters in Queens, are a ban on French fries at lunches, wearing products with “noticeable odors,” and decorating offices with anything that might be deemed offensive.

Presumably, these Health Department workers are all grown adults with brains and fairly good decision making abilities, and yet…the Health Department would like to remind them that they shouldn’t eavesdrop, that they definitely shouldn’t add in their own comments while eavesdropping, that tap water is required when food and drinks are served at office parties, that carb-laden foods should be cut in halves or quarters before serving, and that popcorn must be air-popped “at the party and served in brown paper lunch bags.”

“Life in the Cubicle Village” sounds exhausting!

Via the Daily News,

“The Health Department is leading by example by updating its guidelines for food and beverages served at agency meetings and events,” spokeswoman Erin Brady said.

So, all this is ostensibly to prevent the Health Department from being hypocrites in what they recommend to the public versus what they do themselves. And yet, if they need these mandatory new guidelines, dare we say they’re hypocrites already (and maybe gossips, too)? In any case, all this bureaucracy can’t be good for a person.

Guard your fries, civilians.

No fried food: Health Dept. workers cringe at new rules restricting foods, fragrances, decorations [NYDN]

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on April 4, 2011

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