The lunch-hour de­fla­tion

The Wharf - - Busines & Money -

Lunch hour? That’s am­bi­tious. The av­er­age Lon­don worker now takes just 36 min­utes for their mid­day break – with hard-pressed pro­fes­sion­als the most likely in the coun­try to plough on through with­out tak­ing a breather.

That’s ac­cord­ing to a sur­vey by workspace com­pany Work­there which also re­vealed that the city’s em­ploy­ees have lunch at their desk four days a week and even when they do take a break, it doesn’t in­volve fresh air.

Some 13% said there was pres­sure on them not to take a break but more than a third said a chance to go out­side or spend a spell a quiet area in the of­fice would make them more pro­duc­tive in the af­ter­noon.

Work­there founder Cal Lee said: “We have seen well­ness es­tab­lish it­self on the agenda and part of this is cre­at­ing an en­vi­ron­ment where em­ploy­ees feel com­fort­able tak­ing a longer lunch break.”

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