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Do You Take a Lunch Break?

Your Two Cents: Do You Take a Lunch Break?

I don't know anybody that takes a conventional lunch break, and I am wondering if they've become a thing of the past. They seem to be resurrected for co-workers birthdays or reserved for workouts, errands, and doctors appointments. Do you think it's wasteful to spend a lunch hour actually eating, or do you step away from your computer for a midday break?


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discocactus discocactus 9 years
99% of the time unless it's an urgent matter. I enjoy my break(s) and find they make me more productive.
carhornsinapril carhornsinapril 9 years
i usually eat lunch while i work, but i always, ALWAYS go outside for a 30-60 minute walk during what would be my break. i go crazy if i sit in front of the computer for 8 hours straight, and it's nice to sneak a little exercise in.
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i usually try to take a break everyday - not necessarily for lunch - but to go to the gym. it's hard becuase i've been working late a lot and it ruins my routine with going to the gym if i'm here so i make the time to go for 1/2 an hour during my 'lunch' break and then come back. i guess i'm supposed to have an hour but i rarely take the full hour. it's hard when you're in a real office situation sometimes.
aoitenshi aoitenshi 9 years
I go on a one-hour lunch break everyday. It keeps me sane.
Misalady Misalady 9 years
I am required to take an hour. I'm used to jobs where you're lucky to get 10 minutes, let alone a whole hour, so even though I've been here for four months now, it still seems odd - and excessive! Honestly, I'd rather take a half - or none at all - and be able to leave earlier.
bingkaycoy bingkaycoy 9 years
I always take a lunch break and I will always take one no matter what. And my lunch break would never be interrupted for one hour. Around in the afternoon, I take another 20 minute break. And I take my breaks not on my desk and never will be on my desk. Having a lunch break while at your desk working is not a break at all. There's more to life than a job or a career. Why enjoy things that you're supposed to enjoy now when you're already old?
Chelleliz7 Chelleliz7 9 years
I try to take a break everyday. I feel so much better when I get to reset halfway through the day. Also makes settling down at the end of the day a lot easier.
kcboyer kcboyer 9 years
I don't take a legitimate lunch break, but I also don't get paid for that hour either. I sit at my desk and work while I eat. It sucks but that's how it is.
mini_pixie mini_pixie 9 years
I have always taken a lunch, but this is my first "office job", before it was retail, always 30 minutes. Here, i am *required* to take a full hour by the management- they tried to tell me it's the law! I would love to take just a half hour and leave earlier but it's not permitted. But it does leave me enough time to browse my Sugar pages! :)
jlr32phl jlr32phl 9 years
i never watched lost and by the time it was a hit i felt like it was too late for me. but since ABC has every episode online right now, i've been spending my lunch break watching one episode a day starting at the beginning. i love it! each episode is usually around 43 min long so it fits in my hour lunch break perfectly!
ktownpolarbear ktownpolarbear 9 years
I'll usually take a 30 minute lunch break, but I'll be on the phone talking to friends or trying to do phone errands. Otherwise, on the rare days I take one hour lunch breaks, it's to run errands or go to appointments.
kissmesteph kissmesteph 9 years
There should be an option for those of us who take a lunch everyday! Everyone in my office takes lunch from 12-1 and the office is closed and the phones are set to voicemail. I've had a regular lunch break at all of my jobs.
piraterie piraterie 9 years
I never used to take a lunch break, but now I always take one. Although we aren't technically required to, we had a meeting one time where we were strongly encouraged to take at least 30 minutes. So now I do, just so I don't get in trouble.
julieulie julieulie 9 years
Truth be told, I don't even have time to EAT lunch 4-5 days/week. The only days I really have the time to shove food in my mouth is when I'm in lab on the weekends. I call it the graduate school scientist diet -- the one meal per day plan.
ccsugar ccsugar 9 years
Everyone at my work gets one hour for lunch :D At my old job, most people worked thru their lunches. I wasn't one of them, no matter how busy I was I always took some time for lunch. One of the many reasons I did not fit in there :)
vouninou vouninou 9 years
At my job we MUST take at least 1h break for lunch (and up to 1h30). Anyway I think I would not be able to work efficiently the whole afternoon without a break ... but i could take less than the required hour.
dapper-napper dapper-napper 9 years
Oh, and napping is frequently part of break.
dapper-napper dapper-napper 9 years
I couldn't live without my lunch break, most of the time it's the only thing that gets me through the day.
hex913 hex913 9 years
Seriously? People don't take lunch breaks!!?? I couldn't make it through my day if I didn't have that hour to relax and unwind! Plus is required by law that we receive a lunch break.
Devilishmary27 Devilishmary27 9 years
I always take a break. I get an hour but most days I do just 30 mins. I have to have a break though. just to get up and walk outside! take a deep breath, and regroup for my afternoon!
rumpel2 rumpel2 9 years
uptown_girl uptown_girl 9 years
I work as an editor, and if the client does not allow an hour long break at least 5 hours after beginning work, they get charged a penalty fee. Sometimes the producer will have lunch catered in, but they still have to give me at least 30 minutes away from the computer or they are penalized! Often my friends at work & I try to meet up, or I might eat alone & walk a couple blocks away to the library or post office.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I'm usually pretty busy but try to find time to take a break, even if it's amongst work. Ha.
SummerBaby SummerBaby 9 years
i never miss it!!
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