Please Leave Your Desk, Employers Beg

Half of today’s workforce leaves the office to eat and more than a tenth usually skip lunch, according to a new poll by Right Management Inc., an employment consulting firm.

When workloads are high and you’ve got a lot to do, it seems easier to just eat that granola bar you packed, but “skipping lunch takes a toll on productivity and physical health, warns Lynn Clement, market vice president at Right Management.”

A lunch break refreshes you and makes you better able to tackle the second half of the day. It also serves to help prevent burnout and strengthen coworker relations.

It’s gotten so bad that consulting firm The Energy Project launched the Take Back Your Lunch initiative earlier this year, encouraging employees to “Go to the park with friends, work out, read a book, anything – just don’t work.”

What’s your lunch break like?