HR professionals are the most ‘hangry’


Something for the weekend: Whether you are clock watching for your lunch hour or whether you get the munchies mid-afternoon, being hungry at work can impact your mood, with 34% of respondents feeling stressed when hungry, according to research by Tastecard.

The survey of 1007 Brits also found that HR professionals are the most likely to feel angry because they are hungry, or ‘hangry’, with 93% of HR respondents feeling hangry at least once a week.

The research also found:

  • 42% of respondents feel irritable when hangry, and 41% feel frustrated.
  • 26% of respondents have broken a diet while hangry.
  • 40% of respondents feel hangriest between breakfast and lunch.
  • 83% of male respondents feel hangry at least once a week, compared to 77% of female respondents.
  • 91% of 18-24-year-old respondents are hangry at least once a week.
  • 31% of 18-24-year-old respondents have had an argument when hangry.
  • 21% of respondents in media and marketing have thrown a tantrum when hungry.

The top 10 hangriest professions are:

  1. HR (93%)
  2. Media and marketing (88%)
  3. Sales (86%)
  4. Finance and purchasing (85%)
  5. IT (83%)
  6. Legal (80%)
  7. Business administration (77%)
  8. Transport and logistics (74%)
  9. Healthcare (73%)
  10. Education (64%)

Matt Turner, chief executive officer at Tastecard, said: “The results of our poll show that the majority of us have experienced ‘hanger’ and have had a hangry moment or two at some point, whether it’s losing our temper or breaking a diet. It’s interesting how hunger can have such a big impact on our behaviour, and how quickly it can turn into hanger.”

With 88% of media employee respondents becoming hangry at least once a week, we suggest anyone visiting the Employee Benefits team before lunch brings snacks!