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Are Lunch Breaks a Waste of Time or a Productivity Booster?

mrosen814 2012/07/18 20:00:00
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Do you eat lunch at your desk alone or grab a bite with your co-workers? According to Time, many workers today treat lunch as a speedy task to cram into their busy days. Though some would say that skipping lunch seems like an efficient use of time, "the midday break can be mentally rejuvenating and, in some ways, more productive than staying glued to your chair."

MONEYLAND.TIME.COM reports:
It’s 1:30 p.m. on a weekday, and Yen Ha and Michi Yanagishita have left their office to munch hot dogs and French fries at one of the oldest bars in New York.
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  • Riobhca 2012/07/19 02:12:40 (edited)
    Productivity Booster
    Riobhca
    +5
    You need a break from work. Gulping your food at your desk isn't good for you.

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  • jerry.alan.carroll 2012/07/19 12:30:28 (edited)
    Waste of Time
    jerry.alan.carroll
    I prefer to eat and work....but now I made a deal with my boss that I can take 2 hours lunches (to hit the gym) and then I just stay an hour later.
  • tobe jerry.a... 2012/07/19 13:42:40
    tobe
    nice, we got a 15 minuet break, a 30 minuet lunch and if they make you stay late in the same week you have vacation time on your check you didn't get overtime pay even if they kept you up there til midnight.
  • jerry.a... tobe 2012/07/19 13:45:09
  • Chaya2010 2012/07/19 12:25:44
    Productivity Booster
    Chaya2010
    Can't do without it and suffer if I don't have lunch.
  • Papilio 2012/07/19 12:22:44
    Waste of Time
    Papilio
    +1
    EAT & WORK
    ^at the same time^
  • METALhe... Papilio 2012/07/19 17:12:40
    METALheadMom
    yea..... food and drink are great ways to destroy whatever you work with and on..... I banned all food and drink from being anywhere near work areas (including desks) after three computers were destroyed and we had a major ant and mice infestation..... if you can't take breaks, that means you need to learn better organization and production skills. Best not to tell me you "can't" take breaks.
  • Papilio METALhe... 2012/07/19 22:17:26
    Papilio
    I can :D
    I like my cats
    They are funny
    I work or do whatever i do at the computer & IF i eat at the same time they start to meow around .They are very sweet <3
    :D
  • CAPISCE 2012/07/19 12:22:08
    Waste of Time
    CAPISCE
    It depends on the amount of time u have. 30 mins is not only a waste of time it's unhealthy
  • METALhe... CAPISCE 2012/07/19 17:08:24
    METALheadMom
    really. do you have any evidence to back that? please do share that with us.
  • Rebellion 2012/07/19 12:10:46
    Productivity Booster
    Rebellion
    +1
    Actually, breakfast is a productivity booster.
    Lunch just makes you feel full again ;)
  • DS in Oak Ridge NC 2012/07/19 11:27:22
    Productivity Booster
    DS in Oak Ridge NC
    Even when I dashed out to pick something up to eat at my desk, it was refreshing to get away from the office - even briefly - to recharge mental batteries and remember that customers out there mattered as much as suits in the office. It's a good thing IMHO.
  • Giacomo Skeate 2012/07/19 10:21:36
    Productivity Booster
    Giacomo Skeate
    My boss would say the opposite!
  • TKramar 2012/07/19 10:02:59 (edited)
    Waste of Time
    TKramar
    I'd rather be working. I'd rather skip lunch entirely, and go home half an hour earlier because in my job, time is directly tied to production. If you work 300 cases an hour, taking a half hour break is 150 cases you could have worked.
  • tobe TKramar 2012/07/19 13:44:11 (edited)
    tobe
    but how are they gonna feel about you leaving half an hour early.
  • TKramar tobe 2012/07/19 20:12:25
    TKramar
    If the work is done, then it's done. I actually have a very flexible workweek. I get 40 hours for the week, give or take 15 minutes, but I might work 6 on Monday and Tuesday and 10 on Thursday and Friday (that seems to be how it usually pans out anyhow).
  • tobe TKramar 2012/07/20 00:15:10
    tobe
    i guess it depends where you work. the plant i use to work at, if you finished your job they found you another one. you left when they said you could leave and if you turned down staying late they made your life a living hell.
  • TKramar tobe 2012/07/20 11:05:04
    TKramar
    I'm not even going to make 40 this week. I left an hour too early today to hope for more than 39. Because there seriously was nothing left for me to do. They let us alone, and trust us to do work that needs to be done....and no one wants to wander around doing nothing. We're a very conscientious group when it comes to work, and when we need to work hard, we do. So we get a lot of leeway when it's slower.
  • tobe TKramar 2012/07/20 13:58:01
    tobe
    we were on a point system. they could make us come in early or make us stay late but if we didn't stay from point a to point b without it being their choice (our designated hours) we were penalized. We also got no sick days and restricted funeral leave (even people who raised their grandchildren weren't allowed to take off to take them to the doctor and if your grandmother died and you had points you were sh*t out of luck. once my boss kept me on the way from my car talking to me about business and i didn't make it to the clock in time so I got penalized for it. I got an Im sorry but sorry didn't mean squat when he the half a point didn't go away.
    thats all im sayin, some work environments aren't the same. alot of times when they screw you people over in the work place enough you want to kick your feet up for a half hour at lunch and say "this is my time" because they certainly get theirs.
  • brendan 2012/07/19 08:12:02
    Productivity Booster
    brendan
    it gets energy into your body whoever said Waste of Time YOUR WRONG
  • mrdog 2012/07/19 08:09:35
    Productivity Booster
    mrdog
    three meals a day....why not...bark
  • USAF Vet 2012/07/19 08:06:23
    Productivity Booster
    USAF Vet
    Excuse me…humans need nourishment, hello, anybody home?
  • TKramar USAF Vet 2012/07/19 10:06:54
    TKramar
    +1
    I eat before work, I work an overnight shift, usually eat between 6 and 7 p.m. Don't need to eat again until the next day. That's part of the reason I'm not obese, because I'm not constantly stuffing my face.
  • tobe TKramar 2012/07/19 13:46:42
    tobe
    so people who demand a lunch break are obese and are constantly shoving their face?
    you do understand that your job doesn't care about you right? that they only give a lunch break typically because they are required to by law.
  • TKramar tobe 2012/07/19 20:13:57 (edited)
    TKramar
    I said that *I'm* not obese, because I only eat once a day.

    I don't want the break, and actually, if I work less than eight hours, they actually prefer that I don't take a lunch break at all.
  • USAF Vet TKramar 2012/07/19 18:37:34
    USAF Vet
    I too am not obese, and work evenings. All of us (who work) have a daily schedule, an no mattter what that schedule is, there comes a time a person will have to eat, like it or not.
  • TKramar USAF Vet 2012/07/19 20:16:09
    TKramar
    Yes. Before you start working. One time is sufficient.
  • travbee 2012/07/19 08:05:49
    Productivity Booster
    travbee
    these small breaks are essential for productivity. and also many today just don't devote enough time to themselves. i think that's a pity. take a moment to just pause and not be in a rush all the time. it can be an amazing experience.
  • Angryface01 2012/07/19 07:33:40
    Productivity Booster
    Angryface01
    We need to return to the full hour long lunches and end this stuffing garbage into your piehole while continuing to work or while driving...
  • mwf122090 2012/07/19 07:01:08
    Productivity Booster
    mwf122090
    +1
    They actually have done studies that say companies who allow workers to take nap breaks are actually more productive!
  • TKramar mwf122090 2012/07/19 10:08:12
    TKramar
    Except that I won't wake up when it's time to go back to work. When I sleep, I'm totally out for a few hours, and there's no waking me.
  • jerry.a... TKramar 2012/07/19 13:48:54
    jerry.alan.carroll
    there are some like that...but not that many. and usually when it is like that for you, that means you are already sleeping too long...a nap is just that, a nap, not sleep. it should feel like being asleep for 5 minutes when in reality it is about 15-20 minutes...that is a real nap
  • TKramar jerry.a... 2012/07/19 20:18:04
    TKramar
    and I'm saying I can't do it, that's all.
  • jerry.a... TKramar 2012/07/19 21:12:12
    jerry.alan.carroll
    +1
    sorry bro. I feel for ya!
  • jerry.a... mwf122090 2012/07/19 13:49:07
    jerry.alan.carroll
    they encourage it here in japan
  • Derbyhat 2012/07/19 06:44:25
    Productivity Booster
    Derbyhat
    It may give you a chance to think out a problem or bring it closer to a successful resolution. You may even improve the efficiency and job satisfaction for those who work around you.
  • Airhead 2012/07/19 06:42:21
    Productivity Booster
    Airhead
    +1
    Everyone who works for me by the hour gets paid lunch breaks. My father did it for years and I wouldn't have it any other way. When it is a few of us working hard to keep up with deadlines I will even treat. It's sickening how some of these employers treat their staff. PEOPLE AREN'T EQUIPMENT!!!
  • Dark sector 2012/07/19 05:38:30
    Productivity Booster
    Dark sector
    Well i work in a truck factory. So, i get off after 8 hours of assembly work either way. The 30 minutes of air conditioning and decent food help get me through the rest of the my day.
  • Kirino 2012/07/19 05:11:43
  • Nekosarethebest 2012/07/19 04:22:07
    Productivity Booster
    Nekosarethebest
    What they aren't supposed to eat? I hope you are just referring to offices... Cause I'm sure tou can't eat while taking someone's blood or at a cash register....
  • Redneck 2012/07/19 03:56:10
    Productivity Booster
    Redneck
    let my blood sugar get low and I get super cranky and pissy. Like a woman.

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