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Take back that shrinking lunch hour

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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.

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