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Take a look around your office at lunchtime. If there are more than a few workers scarfing down microwaveable lunches in their cubes, you may have some problems on your hands.
Why? Many times, employees who take lunch breaks in their cubes are so overworked that they don’t feel like they have enough time to take a proper lunch.
But far from having a positive effect, skipping lunch breaks can hurt employees’ health, productivity and even quality of work.
Skipping — or shortening — lunch is a large-scale problem. In fact, a recent survey by the Energy Group found that the average worker takes less than 20 minutes for lunch each day.
To encourage your Finance department to take full advantage of their lunch break, try holding department lunches every few weeks.
Also, the Energy Group has rolled out the Take Back Your Lunch campaign — where workers sign-up to attend lunch meet-ups in public parks throughout the country. The program takes place each Wednesday throughout the summer.
Readers, do you take full breaks for lunch or spend that time eating in your cube, desk, office, etc.? Let us know in the Comments section.