More executives believe that the traditional lunch hour is slowly becoming a thing of the past. Many say their average lunch break is 35 minutes, seven minutes less than what they reported five years ago, according to a recent poll.
The survey from Office Team also found that some executives admitted to working while eating lunch more than half of the workweek. The telephone-based poll interviewed 150 senior executives at the 1,000 largest companies in the United States.
Early in the 1900’s, employees fought long and hard to ensure that we, as employees could take a break during our workday. They knew that it was critical to maintaining our health. Don’t let that essential rhythm to our day be thrown by the wayside.
Tips for taking back the shrinking lunch break include:
- Schedule your tasks in chunked time and include adequate breaks to get up from your desk, to get something to eat and drink, to stretch, to get a breath of fresh air or to connect with others.
- Relax over lunch – this break will increase your creativity and energy for the rest of the day
- Respect your colleagues – don’t schedule a lunch meeting without ensuring adequate time to eat and refocus
Do you have difficulty taking your lunch break?
Does your company emphasize the importance of breaks?
Is there a stigma to taking your breaks?
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