Why you should take a lunch break

By Staff | August 21, 2015 | Last updated on August 21, 2015
1 min read

Most finance profesionals skip out on seeking a lunchtime endorphin rush, says a new poll.

Almost half of the professionals surveyed (46%) say they typically spend their lunch breaks alone, with only 17% finding time to workout. This is contrary to what most respondents actually want, however, since 48% say they would like to either exercise or enjoy meals with coworkers.

Some respondents take the time to surf the Internet (36%) or run errands (34%).

But more workers should consider stepping away from their desks, says Dianne Hunnam-Jones, Canadian president of Accountemps. “Taking any type of break allows [people] to connect with colleagues, explore business insights and exchange ideas across departments. That has the potential to be formative for your future career growth.”

Complete poll results

What respondents want to do What they actually do
Exercise or go to the gym 48% 17%
Enjoy a meal with my coworkers 48% 43%
Enjoy a meal by myself 30% 46%
Run errands 26% 34%
Peruse the Internet 24% 36%
Review my personal email 20% 29%
Check out my social media networks 12% 18%
Take a nap 12% 1%

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