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There are those among us who occasionally have a “working lunch,” where we take a client to a nice meal and discuss options over steak. Definitely not a bad gig. But for most of us, a “working lunch” means we’re allowed to eat during a meeting that we really, really wish we could skip, or we’re plowing through something while sitting next to a half-eaten salad on our desks. In fact, creative folks and project-based businesses—the kind that don’t really clock out for lunch—usually skip meals, unless they can work through them.
Trying to shut down personal drama intruding on the work environment can be like dousing a grease fire with water—the individual may feel compelled to try to tell the story 20 times over the course of the day because they never got to finish it once, and it is both kinder and more efficient to give them room. But every room has walls—that’s part of the definition of a room—and establishing boundaries will help you build an environment that is both supportive and successful.