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The Importance Of Not Missing Your Work Lunch

Skipping lunch on a regular basis has become increasingly common among employees in many industries and despite the importance of taking breaks to refuel both mentally and physically, many employees find themselves sacrificing their lunch hour to catch up on work.
Written by
Joanna Clare
Content Manager
Published on
June 17, 2024

If you are anything like me, then every now and again you may have decided to either skip your lunch break altogether or ‘have it later’ because of some pressing deadline or the need to get some work finished. However, skipping lunch on a regular basis has become increasingly common among employees in many industries and despite the importance of taking breaks to refuel both mentally and physically, many employees find themselves sacrificing their lunch hour to  catch up on work. However, this comes with its own set of consequences and challenges as anyone who has skipped lunch at work will already be aware of.

There are several reasons why those in the workplace choose to skip lunch. Firstly, the pressure to meet tight deadlines and accomplish tasks can lead individuals to prioritise work over taking a break. Additionally, the fear of falling behind or being perceived as unproductive or lazy by colleagues, supervisors or managers can also persuade employees to decide not to take lunch breaks. Some workers may feel guilty or anxious about taking time away from their duties, especially in high-pressure or competitive work environments. However, the consequences of skipping lunch can be significant. Not only does it deprive individuals of much needed nourishment and energy, but it can also negatively impact productivity, concentration, and overall well-being. Skipping meals can lead to fatigue, irritability, and decreased cognitive function, ultimately impairing job performance and quality of work.

Skipping lunch breaks can contribute to long-term health issues and increased stress levels. Breaking the habit of skipping lunch requires a shift in mindset and behavior. Employers play a crucial role in fostering a workplace culture that values employee well-being and encourages taking breaks. Companies can implement policies that promote work-life balance, such as designated lunch hours, flexible schedules, and encouraging, if not insisting that employees can  step away from their desks during breaks.

Providing access to a variety of nutritious and appealing food options and creating comfortable and stress free break areas can help to ensure that employees make their lunch breaks a priority. Individuals can also take steps to change their own lunchtime habits. It is imperative to recognise the need for  self-care within the working environment and the associated importance of taking breaks for both physical and mental health reasons. Planning ahead and scheduling a predictable time for lunch can help individuals to maintain dedicated breaks in their busy schedules. Additionally, finding some enjoyable activities to do during lunch breaks, such as going for a walk, exercising, chatting with colleagues, or practicing mindfulness, can make taking breaks more appealing and rewarding.

Deciding to skip lunch in favour of working comes with its own set of unhealthy consequences yet by prioritising yourself and taking responsibility for your own wellbeing, by taking regular breaks and incorporating good nutrition into your working day, both employers and employees can create a far healthier and more productive work environment.

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