Should your boss al­ways pay for lunch?

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If you hap­pen to be a Mil­len­nial-Yap­pie in this age, I’m sure you’ve en­coun­tered this one too: the tricky eti­quette of fig­ur­ing out who foots the bill dur­ing eat-outs?

As with all mat­ters of man­ners, there’s no etchedin-stone rul­ing for who should pay for lunch in this sit­u­a­tion. Each one has dif­fer­ent thoughts about the so­cial norms of foot­ing the bill in such sce­nario.

That said, your boss should al­most cer­tainly pay. In my stint of work­ing in the cor­po­rate world, if a boss wanted to meet with me to talk busi­ness, she or he al­ways cov­ered both of our or­ders. Of course, this was never some­thing I asked for or con­firmed ahead of time; not be­cause I don’t have the guts but it just seemed like com­mon cour­tesy. If you ask some­one out on a date, for in­stance, it’s gra­cious to pick up the tab. This in­ci­dent seems to be alike.

But even if com­mon cour­tesy ut­ter that a su­per­vi­sor should pick up the tab for a work-re­lated meal or cof­fee, it also im­plies that you shouldn’t au­to­mat­i­cally ex­pect this. So, hon­estly, if you’re wor­ried about the buck, you could hold off on or­der­ing un­til your boss clar­i­fies who’s tak­ing care of it— or if this doesn’t hap­pen, you can just treat it like a meet­ing that hap­pens to be at a restau­rant and not or­der at all (or just have some­thing like a soda).

In other words, it’s safe to an­tic­i­pate that some­one else won’t cover you be­cause they out­earn you. Al­ways be ready to fork over for your share, and make a good ges­ture to do so when the bill comes.

This also ap­plies if you have work mates who out­earn you or at least just have dif­fer­ent spend­ing habits, and you can’t al­ways af­ford to go to out with them.

What I usu­ally do is to al­ways men­tion that I have packed lunch that day if I want to put up a le­git ex­cuse or I just say that I’m swamped if that feels more com­fort­able.


Need more tips in life, ca­reer and be­yond? In­vite me to speak in your event or reach me at “Coach Pat de Leon” on Face­book.

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