Signs of Discontent? – Increased Food and Coffee

I like observing human behaviour at work and I’ve noticed recently that the amount of ‘junk’ food appearing in the dev pod has increased quite a bit.  People are also going for more coffee breaks (as far as I can see).  I may be imagining this, but I think it’s probably a good indicator of any or all of the following:

  • Boredom
  • Lack of enthusiasm for the current work
  • Need for stress relief (mucho long hours)

I’d have to admit the current project has its frustrations (integration work with a ‘less than extendable’ 3rd party product) and I’d probably rather be doing something else – so I’ll keep my eye on this and see what happens when the supplies run out!

I think there’s a bit of synergy here with the triangle of happiness.  My own experience is if you’re happy and engaged in what you’re doing then you often don’t even find the time to eat..