They used to be an hour long but it seems that workers in Britain are taking less and less time to take a break from the busy office to enjoy their lunch. In fact, a survey recently commissioned by ‘Workthere’ found that the average lunch break now lasts only 34 minutes.
The survey that polled over 2,000 workers in Britain also found that 52% of workers completely skipped their lunch break at least once a week whilst 37% claimed that they rarely leave the office at all at lunch time.
Londoners are the most likely to skip their lunch breaks closely followed by Birmingham, Manchester and Norwich.
But why is it that workers in Britain don’t take a proper lunch break? Is it that they don’t feel the need to? They don’t want to? Or that they can’t?
Well, according to Workthere research, 15% of the workers surveyed agreed that there is a lack of adequate facilities in their office and troublingly another 12% revealed that they feel pressure to work through their lunch break.
So how can the office save the lunch break? Well to start, 36% of those questioned agreed that taking a break from the office and access to an outside office space would make them a lot more productive during the afternoon. 32% of workers said that a quiet area that they could escape in would make a huge difference in how they would spend their work break.
It’s simple, employers give the people what they want then. Set up an ‘escape zone’ so that your staff can relax, enjoy their lunch and get themselves rejuvenated for the afternoon. And employees learn to pull yourself away from your desk, take a walk, eat some food and go enjoy your break.
How do you like to spend your lunch break? Let’s us know in the comment section below.