THE COST OF NOT TAKING YOUR LUNCH BREAK
Skipping lunch or eating at your desk again? Well, you’re in good company: online job board CareerJunction’s research found that most office workers don’t take a lunch break and that the average South African office employee works an extra 2,2 years of overtime as a result. “That amounts to a staggering R512 465 worth of free work,” says Odile Badenhorst‚ CareerJunction’s Communications Manager. Bear in mind that this figure is higher if you earn above the national average.
In a survey of some 3 000 South Africans, CareerJunction found that only one in three take their full lunch break, while more than one-third skip lunch altogether two to four times per week.
Reasons for skipping their break included a heavy workload, last-minute tasks popping up, having to cover for co-workers and wanting to leave work earlier.
One in three people surveyed were allowed a 30-minute lunch break‚ 7% were allowed a 40-minute break and 55% were given a 60-minute break. But the average time taken for lunch each day was just 24,5 minutes.
While a dedicated work ethic is admirable, regular breaks are better for you, as they increase your productivity, improve your mental well-being and boost creativity. –