The majority (80%) of UK office workers would rather spend their lunch hour asleep, alone or with their nose in a book, rather than talking to colleagues, a new survey by Viking has revealed.
Of the 1,500 respondents surveyed, only 20 per cent said they would like to spend their lunch hour socialising. Over half (52%) said they wanted to be left to eat in peace, with 28 per cent admitting they’d prefer reading during their break. A further 17 per cent said a midday siesta would really refresh them.
Some of the other top answers included:
· Exercising – 19%
· Using a phone – 18%
· Shopping – 17%
· Social media – 15%
· Playing with pets – 11%
Chris Evans, SEO Marketing Manager Europe at Viking said, “the lunch break is a great time for employees to recharge and it seems like in the UK, most people would prefer to do so alone. While some well-earned ‘me-time’ is great, what that often means is employees aren’t leaving their desks as often as they should be. We work in countries all over Europe and although lunch culture isn’t as huge in the UK as it is in Mediterranean countries, that isn’t to say employees shouldn’t be encouraged to get up and about over lunch so they stay motivated.”
The survey also asked office workers about how fulfilled they are by their lunch breaks. While 63 per cent said they found their time either very or quite fulfilling, a similar 65 per cent also admitted they would prefer to relax more on their break.
Part of the reason for this need for more relaxation may be because 67 per cent also admitted they work through their lunch break at least once a week, with a third of people doing it three or more times every week.
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