We’ve known for a while now that eating dinner together is no longer standard practice in many families. Now the office lunch break seems to be equally at risk.
With busy workplace schedules and ever-present technology, employees are less and less likely to leave their desks for a mid-day break. This is troubling not only from a nutritional point of view, but for other reasons as well.
Former Wall Street trader Frank Partnoy states, “One obvious reason to do lunch is to slow down and gain some perspective. If we burrow into work, and don’t come up for air during the day, we will have a hard time thinking strategically or putting our daily tasks into broader context.”
Partnoy asks, Should lunch breaks be mandatory? While this seems like a dramatic approach, the article lists several compelling reasons why lunch breaks should be either required or strongly encouraged. It’s an interesting question, and we’d like to hear what you have to say.
How do you spend your lunch break? Is getting out of the work environment for a period of time in the middle of the day important to you? Does it make a difference in your work performance, or in how you feel physically or mentally?
Tell us how you “do” lunch.