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.
Do you take a lunch break at work?
Yes, always or almost always
No, I usually work through
Doesn't apply to me (I don't work, or work for myself etc.)
What is your usual lunch activity?
Get out of the office
Eat at my desk, while not working
Eat at my desk while working
Working meeting with or without food
Explain your lunchy behaviour
I do what keeps me happy
I do what helps me work at my best
I do what's expected of me, or to give a good impression
I don't have any choice, I do what I have to