More than 30% women are taking shorter lunch breaks

Melbourne: A survey has revealed that more than 30 percent of women are either taking shorter lunch breaks or eating their meals at their desks.

While most of us taking a break have between 20 and 30 minutes (23 percent for both men and women), when it comes to the longer lunch it is men who dominate with 24 percent.

According to the poll commissioned by Sandhurst Fine Foods, almost 40 percent of men take a break of more than 30 minutes compared to 30 percent of women.

But the era of the traditional “long lunch” seems well and truly past, with less than 4 percent reporting taking longer than an hour at a stretch.

The study also revealed that almost half (49 percent) are bringing meals from home, as a typical lunch costs between 3 and 10 dollars.

Gender wise, it is women – at 55 percent - who are more likely to tighten the purse strings and bring in their lunch.

Associate Professor Paula McDonald from the Queensland University of Technology Business School said there was evidence work had intensified for many employees – particularly with technological changes - putting pressure on lunch.

“It often means rising expectations for productivity and outputs - the ‘doing more with less’ phenomenon,” quoted Professor McDonald as saying.

“Eating lunch at one’s desk may be a very small marker of work intensification and the increased pace of life,” she stated.


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