More Americans Are Taking Less Or No Time For Lunch Breaks

March 12, 2015

Research suggests that lunch breaks are disappearing among American workers. Just one in five Americans step out of the office for lunch, with the majority of workers choosing to stay and eat at their desk, NPR reports.

Just because employees are at their desk longer, doesn’t mean productivity is up. In fact, staying inside or maintaining work without a change in environment is detrimental to creativity and the bottom line, NPR reports.

Research suggests that employees create a culture of community by taking time off in the middle of the day to eat, walk or have a coffee break.

Editor’s Note: Creativity can decrease without a change in environment. Operators have an opportunity to use this data. Encourage employees to step away from their desks by offering a change of environment in the breakroom.