When was the last time you took a proper lunch break? We're not talking about eating a Pret salad at your desk or a quick dash to Chipotle while you fire off a few emails, but a proper sit-down away from the office. Probably not recently, right?
While the majority of job contracts stipulate an hour-long lunch break, the reality is most offices have a culture where taking a full 60 minutes is frowned upon. New research from Workthere.com supports this theory with their findings, suggesting that the average worker takes just 34 minutes for their lunch.
As Refinery 29 pointed out, that's 26 whole minutes of stolen time, which when multiplied by the number of days in a working year (252) comes to a whopping 6,032 minutes. That's 12 whole days of unpaid work. If that doesn't make you want to reclaim your midday break, we don't know what will!
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In fact, their study found that 52% of workers revealed they skip their lunch break completely at least once a week, and 37% claim that they rarely leave the office at lunchtime. Interestingly, despite their stats, over a quarter of people surveyed believed they would be more productive in the afternoon if they left the office at lunch.
The research also identified the industries where lunch-skipping is most common. Coming in on top was HR, where 70% of people bypass lunch. That was closely followed by banking (68%), and arts and culture (62%). Moral of the story... go eat, people!
This story originally appeared on Grazia Daily.