A friend of mine just told me she read where if you bring baked goods to your work, then it would reflect badly on you and you could possibly be overlooked in the corporate world for promotions. I'm a SAHM now but used to be an Art Director. For some reason, maybe because I have a new interest in the topic of baking, I don't agree.
What do you guys think? Just curious.
I bring stuff ALL the time.. that is how I started getting orders and I still got a raise... I dont buy it either
Well, wherever she read that must not work with a bunch of pigs like I do!!! I don't buy that either!!! That's ridiculous! I work for large corporation and everyone LOVES it when I bring stuff and I can't imagine that it would reflect negatively on me. Maybe under different circumstances is this true, but not the average person and company!
Image is such a fickle thing! I'm a stay at home mom too, but back when I was working in an office, I remember feeling like there was a fine line between having a sophisticated hobby and appearing too "frumpy" or whatever. It bugs me, but I think there probably is a little bit of stereotyping going on still, no matter where you are. I'm sure nobody would complain about having treats, though! I think it probably depends mostly on the "culture" of the workplace.
By "culture" I mean either BACKWARDS or ENLIGHTENED!
I don't agree either....actually I probably get reconized more because since I bring baked good that everyone absolutely love, it reveals how many more layers there are to me, more than just the job they are paying me for.
Oh and I forgot to toot my own horn about something...a cake I recently made for our Customer Service Week at work just got put on our company webpage---an international company at that!!!
Depending on the class of people, they look at cake decorating as a true art and talent....maybe that article was talking about people who bring cookies or something to work and try to sell them just to make money on company time. I know people like that and it's a little different.
OK--I'll shut up now!
Thank you guys so much. I really appreciate the input and insights.
APCakes, that was funny and that is a good point about how even today, you sort of have to know how to "read" people you work with.
Congratulations, Mamafrogcakes, for getting your cake featured. Awesome.
I would have to say it depends on the type of place you work at. I guess if you are a lawyer at prestigious law firm and trying to become a partner it might be frowned upon.
I agree with APCakes. It seems like if you worked someplace highly competitive a hobby like cake decorating might be a little like having kids. Not that either one would necessarily affect your work, but they affect your image. A baker might seem more like a homebody and less of a go-getter.
Not that I agree with that, but I think that's how it is some places, but certainly not all.
It completely depends in the job you have. I've neve had a job where it would be frowned upon. My sister is a Dr. and was trying to think of a cake I could make for her to take in.
I can only think of some high-powered job in NYC or something where it might reflect upon you.
How can baked goods reflect poorly on anyone? LOL!
I work in a very professional office and have brought cakes in before, and if anything, my coworkers were very impressed by the creativity involved...It hasn't pigeon holed me into any "baker" stereotype (is there such a thing?) that I know of. I think that when you're making these really beautiful cakes, people tend to think more about the artistic effort and creativity that is involved. Just my opinion, of course! It also might help that my co-workers go crazy over anything sweet!
My mom works in a nursing home and my dad works for Lockheed Martin. They will both take goodies in, whther homemade cupcakes or a box of donuts. They are loved for it!!! I think it would depend on the job, maybe the really stuffed shirt types frown upon it...
Man people are waayyyy to stuffy nowadays!!! Who wouldn't enjoy a Home baked item at anytime!! The co-workers where I worked before I had kids would just gobble up the treats and be asking for more!!
Depends on the job. It's not about bringing in cookies. Some women can never step out of the motherly role. They bring the mother hen thing to work and are never taken seriously. It's their entire personality, not their baked goods.
I have never had a job where bringing in cakes to solicit business would have been allowed. Trying to promote your own business while on company time was grounds for termination. People would by word of mouth know that so and so sold avon or gift baskets.
I work for an IT department for a government consulting company. People here work 16 hour days 7 days a week sometimes. They are all about finding the most advanced way to do the simplest thing for the client. They all *LOVE* it when I bring in cakes I made. They gobble them up before lunch! The rule around here is even if you don't want a piece now but might one one later, you better get it now.
Now, if you are doing a side job that is conflicting with work (ie: i'm a web developer at work and I do websites on the side) and you tried promoting it at work, I could see major problems.
I agree with the pp, who doesn't love some homemade goodies every once in a while??? And if you know someone who doesn't, smack them very hard.
I have worked for some pretty big corporations and I cannot remember a single one that didn't have a coffee or lunch room....and treats to go with them, and not once has a treat gone to waste. I used to bring in baked goods and they were always well recieved. So much so that the directors and managers were often asking when my next batch would be coming in. Frowned upon? Not in this case....
I work for Starbucks, not the most 'sophisticated' atmosphere, but when I bring in anything I've made it's GONE before I know it. Now my only problem is they keep asking me to bring more, which gets expensive!
BTW, I never promote my own business while at work, but obviously people will find out by word of mouth, etc. I'll now be making my boss's wedding cake next month, AND she just gave me a 28 cent raise (totally unrelated - I swear!) So I don't think there's anything wrong with it.