I live near my employer’s office. All I need to do to reach home is walk for five minutes.
To go straight to the point, I prefer having lunch at home. It costs me way less money than going to restaurants; I can eat healthy, prepared food; and I’m able to attend to my home.
My colleagues take it badly when I don’t have lunch with them. My team leader actually sees this behavior as one of a person who’s not well integrated into the team. She even started making unnecessary remarks.
I currently go home during lunch time about once or twice every two weeks. Though infrequent, this causes issues.
How can I deal with this situation? How can I express my needs correctly?