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Ladies who don't lunch any more

BBC report: skipping lunch now the norm.

Only one in six workers takes a regular lunch break, says new research. And breaks are set to get even shorter as job insecurity increases... "Employees are struggling to keep on top of to-do lists and think the answer is to work harder, eating a sandwich at their desk as opposed to taking a full lunch break, and also not having sufficient breaks during the rest of the day. But these breaks are essential for staff to perform at their best and cope with the daily pressures of work. Managers should be encouraging staff to take lunch breaks - their performance, and ultimately the business, may suffer otherwise."


I think this finding is connected to the number of people I see burning out at work, and the emphasis on quantity of hours worked and keys clicked, at the expense of smart and streamlined working.

Poll #1238709 Working Lunches

Do you take a lunch break at work?

Yes, always or almost always
23(69.7%)
Quite often
2(6.1%)
No, I usually work through
6(18.2%)
Doesn't apply to me (I don't work, or work for myself etc.)
2(6.1%)
Something else
0(0.0%)

What is your usual lunch activity?

Get out of the office
17(51.5%)
Eat at my desk, while not working
8(24.2%)
Eat at my desk while working
3(9.1%)
Working meeting with or without food
0(0.0%)
Something else
5(15.2%)

Explain your lunchy behaviour

I do what keeps me happy
22(66.7%)
I do what helps me work at my best
5(15.2%)
I do what's expected of me, or to give a good impression
0(0.0%)
I don't have any choice, I do what I have to
2(6.1%)
Something else
4(12.1%)
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