Too Much Work, Too Little Lunch

New research shows one in two Americans feel like they can’t pull away from their work and take a full lunch break. Where are you on the scale?

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Has the American workload become too demanding? Even though to-do lists and feelings of stress continually grow, the hours in a day have not. According to the NY Post, half of American workers choose to skip their lunch break to compensate for their lack of time. OnePoll, in conjunction with Eggland’s Best, interviewed 2,000 American workers to assess how they view their lunch breaks and found that 51% of US workers find it unrealistic to take a proper lunch break. Working through this designated time makes 44% of workers feel tired, 31% stressed, 24% overwhelmed, 26% exhausted and 20% anxious. Meanwhile, the 51% who do take a proper lunch break feel refreshed. So why are Americans skipping lunch and how are they managing it?

The survey shows that 49% of workers feel lunch is a distraction and 30% will simply eat at their desk to save time. However, “working before eating” may be a newer generation mentality. In the US, individuals aged 18-44 believe that taking a full lunch break is not realistic, while those aged 45 and above disagree.

To survive such hectic schedules, snacking has become the new norm. Snacking suppresses hunger between meals, satisfies cravings, boosts energy and helps workers relax. 68% of workers snack twice a day and 30% enjoy snacking three times or more during work. 44% of Americans (mainly millennials and 9 to 5 office workers) even have a “snack drawer.” Kimberly Murphy, Director of New Ventures and Innovation at Eggland’s Best, supports snacking and states that “having high protein, high energy snacks easily at hand will allow office workers to keep themselves productive throughout the day.”

Full from snacking, workers are finding other uses for their lunch break. Three out of four US employees will use their break to take a walk instead. Workers voted that they left their computers to get exercise (63%), to clear their head (57%), to enjoy the weather (51%) and to destress (43%). The survey suggests that women may be more likely to make an appointment whereas men might play a game during their break. Finally, while workers in the Southwest prefer to check social media, a majority of the nation call a friend or loved one during their lunch.

Half of American workers feel as though they do not have enough time to take a break. Will this mentality increase productivity or anxiety? Read more about this story on the NY Post here.

Here’s how people on the Zip app are weighing in on this all over the country!

New research shows one in two Americans feel like they can’t pull away from their work and take a full lunch break. Where are you on the scale?

54% Eat at their desks
46% Enjoy the full hour
47% Eat at their desks
53% Enjoy the full hour
67% Eat at their desks
33% Enjoy the full hour

Eat at their desks

Enjoy the full hour

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