Only 53 per cent of employees break for lunch

Most workers take less than 30 minutes for lunch, and nearly half eat at their desk or on the run.
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|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/08/2003

About a third of Canadian employees eat lunch at their desk or on the run, according to a new survey by Internet job board Workopolis.com. And when they do get to eat lunch, most spend only 15 to 30 minutes.

“As the day-to-day pressures of work continue to grow, many workers may find it’s easier to continue working on a task that’s already been started rather than put it aside to take a break,” said Kim Peters, President of Workopolis.

Workopolis also asked respondents what they were most likely to eat for lunch when they were having a bad day. Here are some of the bad-day menus they mentioned: fast food, chocolate bars, pizza, potato chips, soup, gummi bears, pork and benas, alcohol and “whatever is left in the fridge.”

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