Staff fail to take full lunch break

Eight-out-of-ten workers take less than half an hour for lunch.

According to research by Reed Employment, 44% of employees eat lunch at their desks each day, more than two in five employees (41%) feel guilty if they take a full lunch hour and only 18% of employees take their full lunch break.

Furthermore, of the employees who eat at their desks, 62% believe this puts pressure on them to get back to work even more quickly. More than half (55%) of the 5,000 employees surveyed believe that there is not a culture of taking proper breaks in their office.

Catherine Maskell, brand manager for Reed Employment, says: “A picture of office life is emerging from our research that is unhealthy and unproductive. While long working hours are fast becoming the norm in most offices, the failure to take regular breaks is bad for employees.”