No lunch break for one-third of US workers

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One-third of employees have lunch at their desk each day, and another third take no lunch at all, according to a new survey by Right Management.

The company polled 751 workers in North America and asked how often they break for lunch.

“Lunch patterns allow us to infer a few things about the North American workplace … and one thing that we already know is that the pressure for productivity and performance can be relentless,” said Donna DiMenna, Right Management’s Talent Management Practice Leader. ‘The pressure is showing up in various ways like our finding that one in three employees are very likely now in the habit of taking lunch at their computers and phones, and with supervisors and colleagues.”

The workplace culture might make workers feel compelled to stay at their desk.

“In the long run, this kind of company culture does not help improve performance or engagement,” she said.

“Sure workers might feel devoted to their work, but given the level of stress in today’s workplace, I wonder if the reluctance to take a break is an expression of devotion or a negative consequence of the unrelenting pressure some organizations are exerting on their workforces to get more done with fewer resources,” she said.

Right Management is a talent and career management workforce solution consultant.