About 55% of workers take a half hour or less for lunch, according to a survey by Steelcase, an office equipment maker.
Is all that busyness making us more productive and better able to leave work at a decent hour?
For most people, the lack of a midday break ultimately leads to lower productivity and lackluster creativity, say experts. (Not to mention the toll it takes on your health. One career coach jokes that smokers are the healthiest people in the workplace these days because they actually get outside.)
Ways to convince your boss (and yourself) you need time to dine—outside the office—from psychologist and corporate consultant Kevin Fleming:
Tout lunch as an informal setting to discuss an important work topic best done offsite. “Bosses love this,” says Fleming. “It shows that you are astute to office politics and have good boundaries.”
Make lunch a morale booster. Tell your boss that company lunches are essential to get everyone on the same page, which is crucial for increasing the company’s bottom line.
Refer to experts who say that lunch breaks make us more productive. You can quote business consultant Joe Takash. He asserts that lunch breaks “help boost creativity and profits, and it allows our proverbial hair to be let down” so we can see things from new perspectives.