Are You Part of the 83 Percent?

jhall by Julie Hall

I came across this Fast Company article, “5 Reasons to Never Eat Lunch at Your Desk Again,” coincidentally, while I was eating lunch at my desk today.  The story quotes a study that found 83 percent of American workers regularly eat meals and snacks at their desk.

The author outlines some undeniable benefits of leaving the office for lunch, which can have a real impact on work, such as being more productive when back in the office and having a better sense of work-life balance.

I try to take at least a short lunch break most days, but sometimes it just seems impossible to break away in the middle of the day when work starts piling up or you’re in the middle of a client crisis.  I don’t know that I’ll totally banish eating at my desk, but it’s definitely something to keep in mind when you consider the benefits to productivity and well-being.

What do you think?  Do you eat at your desk or do you regularly take a midday break?

2 Responses to Are You Part of the 83 Percent?

  1. Chris Gent says:

    They need to make office desks with folding tray tables, similar to the airlines. That way we won’t spill our lunch on important paperwork. 🙂

  2. Funny, I was enthralled by the very same article! I definitely do eat lunch at my desk most days, but I’ve made more of an effort recently to at least take a break and walk around (even if I do lunch at my desk). The breather is certainly important!

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