New research has been released suggesting that lunch breaks most often mean a 30 minute break to eat an unappealing sandwich while looking at gossip news sites online. Over the years research has shown an increase in the cases of ‘Al-Desco’ dining.
The research involved 2,000 adults from across the UK who were in full time employment. The study was carried out by Kettle ChipsⓇ, the popular snack brand. The study showed that only 22% of those asked manage to take a full hour for their lunch break, with 79% of British people saying that they do not take a full hour for their lunch break.
63% of those involved in the study admitted to working through their lunch break, with 51% saying that they feel that they have too much work to stop for lunch. 83% of participants in the research said that it is rare for them to go outside for their lunch break. Worryingly 4% of those in the research said that they were actually worried that taking a lunch break could make them look bad in front of their colleagues.
The crisp brand Kettle ChipsⓇ carried out the research as part of their work to encourage more people to upgrade their lunchtime, as the study also found that the average British person in full time employment will eat the same thing for lunch three times a week. The crisp company are also wanting people to start making the most of their lunch breaks, after 48% of participants said that they spend their lunch looking at gossip sites, 19% spend their time updating their social media, and 10% booking holidays and trips away through their lunch.
Kettle ChipsⓇ are looking to remind people that luch provides the opportunity for people to refuel and also to have a break and focus on something different, The crisp brand are wanting to encourage people to step away from their desks, go outside and get some fresh air and to treat themselves at least once a week to something a bit different.