DON’T SAY IT TOO LOUD, BUT THERE’S A GROWING — AND CREDIBLE — SWELL OF ENTHUSIASM FOR A LONGER LUNCH BREAK AT WORK.
In reality it’s not so much about the length of that break as it is about the quality; particularly the quality of rest our minds and bodies get between the challenges of the morning and the afternoon.
Somewhere along the line the value of lunch as one of the important meals of the day has been forgotten. Functional sustenance, if anything, has become all that’s required in the middle of the day. And all too often that amounts to a quick sandwich and a glance at a website or two before we trudge on with the rest of the day.
There are two problems with this. Firstly, it’s symptomatic of an attitude that pays almost no attention to the idea that some semblance of mental rest might be a good idea. Second, it neglects the idea that some kind of proper nourishment is a good thing.
But, given the fast pace of modern life, it’s time to reconsider whether employees need a substantial lunch break or, at least, some ‘strategic downtime’, an opportunity to properly unwind and de-stress before getting on with the rest of the day.
And where people have lunch is almost as important as whether they have it. People sitting down to eat and taking time to chat with colleagues are more likely to relax and benefit from the downtime. This as opposed to rushing to a fast food chain for a busy 20 minutes in a queue.
So ignore Gordon Gekko, from the film Wall Street, who famously said: “Lunch is for wimps", and recognise the importance of some proper rest during the day.
At Eurest we’ve always been on the side of a decent lunch; one that nourishes both your body and mind. That’s why our restaurants always strive to create a relaxing place for your people to eat; helping them stay energised and enthusiastic throughout the working day.