SAVE THE LUNCH BREAK: Why you need to bring it back from extinction
Picture this: It’s only 11:30 AM on a Thursday and you’ve been in meetings all morning. Your stomach starts to grumble and your energy is dipping hard. Checking your calendar, you realize you just got booked for an impromptu meeting at 12:00 PM. You sigh, because you could really use a break. Unfortunately, you need to get an important report in early tomorrow and now this is the only chance you’ll get to complete it. Meetings officially rule your whole day today. So you grab your EAT Club lunch, take it back to your desk, and eat while crunching numbers to meet your deadline.
How often do you eat your lunch at your desk or in a meeting? The sad truth is that not enough of us take a proper, hard-earned break during work. In fact, more than half of the U.S. workforce feel they can’t take a full lunch break.
What’s the big deal?
A brand new “Take Back the Lunch Break” study that surveyed 1600 Northern American employees will have you rethinking your ways. Here’s what they found:
- Almost 90% felt that daily lunch breaks helped them feel refreshed, engaged, and ready to get back to work.
- These employees were more likely to say, “I am as effective and efficient as I would like to be” and “I am satisfied with my current job” than those who don’t.
- They were also more likely to feel valued as an employee and have a strong desire to be an active member in their company.
Holy moly. All three of those things sound incredible for both you and your company. Doesn’t that sound like the perfect teammate? One who is energized, happy, productive, and dedicated to their job every single day? Not only do I want to be that person, I want to have each person on my team to be just that!
How to start doing this right away
We truly need to shift the mentality around working lunches. Here’s how to make it work: try to block off lunch time on your calendar as if it were a meeting, and invite some coworkers to join you!
Basically, to be on top of your game, you need to make sure you’re taking breaks during the work day. After all, the human attention span is a rather endangered faculty in today’s modern age.
In the epic words of Orson Welles: “Ask not what you can do for your country. Ask what's for lunch.”
Eat lunch with your teammates and take part in our lunch time questionnaire every day this week... comment with your answers below!
Monday: If you were stranded in a store for a month, what store would you choose?
Tuesday: What’s on your bucket list?
Wednesday: What was your favorite family recipe growing up?
Thursday: What is your go-to karaoke song?
Friday: What’s your favorite book?