Has the Lunch Break Become Outdated?

Posted on June 15, 2011


Do you find yourself working through lunch more often than not? If you’re like many, the answer is yes.

A new CareerBuilder survey found the typical lunch break is 20 to 40 minutes. It also found 32 percent of workers take less than a half-hour for lunch, 18 percent typically don’t leave their desks during their lunch break and eat in their workspace five days a week, while 10 percent never take a lunch break (Miami Herald).

Nowadays, many people chose to eat lunch at their desks instead of going out. It gives them some extra time to finish up emails, answer calls, and schedule meetings. Lunches have become “shorter, more purposeful and more often spent in the office”. However, eating inside has also become a “source of lawsuits, a point of contention among generations, and a contributor to the obesity epidemic”.

A new campaign called Take Back Your Lunch is trying to break the mold. It asks that every Wednesday workers across America make the initiative to take a lunch break away from the office. For those who enjoy productive lunch breaks, here are some ideas that will get you to leave your desks: take a walk, run errands, exercise, or meet with a client for lunch.

Do You Do Lunch?
What are your lunch habits? Do you usually eat at your desk or do you go out? Leave us your comments below.