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Ahead of the game theres no such thing as a free lunch (break)

  1. 1. Ahead of the game / There’s no such thing as a free lunch (break) Page 1 of 2There’s no suchthing as a free lunch(break) To really get to the bottom of what it takes to stay ahead of the game in today’s ultra-competitive market, Office Angels asked its very loyal - and reassuringly diverse - clients and candidates for their valuable, knowledgeable and altogether informed opinions; and we’re bringing you the results in the form of some incredibly useful little articles. To find out more about how to stay ahead of the game visit our website: www.office-angels.com/aheadofthegame.Follow us on:www.office-angels.com
  2. 2. Ahead of the game / There’s no such thing as a free lunch (break) Page 2 of 2Most people are fully entitled to enjoy one wonderful hour Reaping the benefitsa day where they tuck into a delicious lunch, kick back with There’s a big culture of lunch-break denial in the UK, asa book, or browse the shops for some ‘me’ time; but in a many employees think their boss won’t like them takingculture of high workloads and low job security, many workers time out from the office, or that colleagues will think they’reare left feeling guilty, or altogether unwilling, to take their slacking when there’s a lot of work to be done; but with adaily lunch breaks. little change in mindset, employers and workers alike will realise that by taking lunch hours away from their desks,So it will probably come as a surprise to the worriers that a productivity, stamina and enjoyment will soar.reassuring 85% of employers think it’s perfectly acceptablefor employees to take advantage of their full lunchtime Of course it’s just as important that when you do get awayentitlement; compared to 64% of jobseekers. from work, you detach yourself psychologically as well as physically. If you’re stressed about being away from yourAccording to the 1998 Working Time Regulations, everyone desk, you won’t feel the benefits. And on that note, it’s ais entitled to a 20 minute break when working more than good idea to avoid talking about work if you take yoursix hours; but extra breaks can be given by employers, with break with a colleague. Introduce a ‘no work talk’ rulean hour for lunch being most common. However, whilst for the duration of your lunch hour, and actually enjoyemployers have a responsibility to make sure their workers the diversion that different conversation can bring.can take lunch breaks, they’re not obliged tomake them. Striking a balanceIn 2011, BUPA found that only 30% of employees weretaking a lunch hour: more than a third (34%) experienced Understandably, 60% of the employers that we surveyedpressure from managers to work through their lunches, and believe that regularly taking long lunches is not acceptable;half blamed the weight of their workloads for standing in the compared with 57% of jobseekers. If you’re going to makeway of their daily break; but whatever the reason, the impact the most of your allotted hour, just make sure you respect thethis can have is significant. Many studies have shown that an boundaries.overworked employee will ultimately prove unproductive; notto mention that fact that stress and overworking could have It’s also worth keeping an eye on the amount of smokingworrying health implications. breaks you take. Almost a fifth of employers (18%) believe smoking breaks are simply unacceptable; compared with justA positive cultural shift in the workplace towards taking 27% of employees.proper lunch breaks - even organising fun lunchtimeoutings as a team - would not only improve overall Luckily, employers are a little more understanding when itemployee wellbeing, but productivity as well. Nearly all comes to tea breaks (good old England), with 25% deemingemployees (99%) agree with this, and could set an example them always acceptable. Interestingly, just 16% of employeesby breaking the bad habit of skipping lunch or eating at their share this view; meaning that workers may be judging thedesks. strictness of their employers a little unfairly. Be careful to mind the small breaks you take throughout the day - even though it is advisable to get away from your computer for 5 minutes every hour, just for a minute or two - but don’t underestimate the importance of taking the lunch break that you’re entitled to. We know it won’t always be possible, but it shouldn’t be a rare occurrence. And whatever you do to enjoy it, make sure you do just that: enjoy.Follow us on:www.office-angels.com

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