Candy bowls at work — social lubricant for some, diet disaster for others.
The Washington Post recently took a deep dive into office candy bowls, uncovering their influence over co-workers and citing some caloric implications, as well.
Some data points from the article:
We secretly tracked how quickly candy disappeared from a jar in The Post graphics department for 10 weeks beginning Nov. 1. During that time, people took nearly 30,000 calories’ worth.
Who takes candy from coworkers' candy jars. https://t.co/ruqeuv1rHS
— Post Graphics (@PostGraphics) February 13, 2017
The author, Post graphics reporter Bonnie Berkowitz, writes,
At least 26 people in The Post’s 700-person newsroom have help-yourself candy containers at their desks (as opposed to those who keep their own private stashes).
Berkowitz cites the desktop-candy-bowl research conducted by behavioral scientist/jester Brian Wansink, which found that the probability of dipping into the office candy bowl is influenced by…
- Proximity to the bowl
- Translucence of the container
Why does no one ever take the last piece from the office candy jar? That and other deep psychological truths: https://t.co/oxX9THGmuL
— Bonnie Berkowitz (@bonnieberkowitz) February 17, 2017
But Berkowitz is more captivated by the social norms candy bowls reveal. Why do people have candy bowls? What’s the personality profile of those willing to snag the last morsel? Was Forrest Gump’s mama right about life?
Check out the Post article for life-changing answers to these and other questions about office candy bowls.