Question: I work in an office where traditionally worker birthdays have been celebrated with a potluck lunch. My position is responsible for organizing the event.
When I started two years, ago, workers seemed enthusiastic about the potlucks. However, some people are now saying that potlucks are too much hassle and they do not want to do them anymore. This does not offend me, but it does present some problems.
1) My director likes doing the potlucks, and she and I thought that clearly making them voluntary would ease the tension. However, those who dislike the potlucks have been complaining instead of excusing themselves.
2) Transitioning away from potlucks into just a cake-and-ice cream-style event may offend people who are expecting a potluck lunch party.
Therefore, I need suggestions for easing the transition and any suggestions for potluck lunch alternatives.
Also, if anyone wants to comment on why the itty biddy petty things set people off at work, that would be informative as well. Thanks! — Anonymous, California