A survey from Monster, the recruitment website, says a quarter of workers don’t take full lunch hour.
19% of employees take under 15 minutes for lunch and over 10% admit they never take a break at all, according to a new survey.
The study, conducted on behalf of employment website Monster, also showed that, even when we do take a break, the most popular activity is catching up on e-mails and phone-calls which means never leaving our desks.
Monster said that the survey highlights a “growing trend in a climate of job insecurity to be present at our desks at all times”.
I wonder if this trend is repeated at all levels and all sectors. I doubt it. When I was a cashier I got an hours break, which was an entitlement that was always given and always taken to the minute. As a courier, ate in the van, while driving, but that was to finish up earlier.. As a manager I had lunch around 4pm' and very often only 15 mins and NEVER hot food as the interruptions would mean it would just end up cold food. As a regional manager I had lunch maybe twice a week. Other days not even eat at all. Always had lunch when working at Head Office, but 99% at the desk while working. Everyone else there had lunch out. I never once saw personnel or accounts go without lunch, or eat at desks, whatever the deadline. The directors and department heads too never missed a lunch.
As the boss today I have lunch for an hour , maybe 90 minutes almost every day, and hate it when I have to miss it.
Is there a difference in public and private sectors? Can a nurse get a decent lunch hour without interruption? Can a policeman go to a pub for a break?
Is lunch just for those without responsibility and those who have craftily delegated their responsibility to someone else?
Let us know.