Having lunch at home


    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?