What’s the average length of your typical lunch break?
Executives say their lunch breaks have dwindled to 35 minutes, down from 42 minutes in 2003, according to a recent OfficeTeam survey. And they work through lunch, on average, three days a week.
That means many admins likely feel compelled to forgo lunch, working through lunch or shortening lunch. To take back the shrinking lunch break, OfficeTeam offers these tips:
- Plan your day. Set a project deadline for late morning rather than early afternoon, so you can relax over lunch.
- Schedule a working lunch with colleagues. Holding a team meeting outside the office can be just as productive, and you’ll come back re-energized.
- Book an appointment. Block off your online calendar so co-workers don’t schedule calls or meetings during that time.
- Step away from the desk. Can’t leave the building? Take a walk around the office, or eat in the lunchroom or break area with colleagues.
- Put work aside. Can’t even step away from your computer? Turn your chair away from your monitor and do a nonwork activity, such as reading a newspaper or magazine.