Not taking your full, allotted lunch break is something so many of us do.
Maybe it feels as if there are not enough hours in the day to get through your work. It could be ingrained in the culture of your workplace. Or perhaps you just want to brown-nose your boss .
Whatever your reasons, that lacklustre, rushed desk “picnic” is doing you no favours.
Aside from the fact NO ONE lies on their death bed wishing they’d worked more over-time, cutting your lunch break short could actually cost you.
A recent study showed how the average employee in the UK will take just 34 minutes of an hour’s lunch break.
It doesn’t take a maths whizz to work out that’s 26 minutes of your own precious time you’re losing.
If you’re not paid through your lunch, then, according to Refinery 29 , that equates to working 6,032 minutes for free each year.
So, if you work an eight-hour day, that adds up to 12 working days throughout the year, or almost two and half weeks. Which is actually quite a lot of time.
Would you sack off a two week holiday and work for free instead? No?
Then make sure you take your lunch break.