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The Importance of Lunch

A recent survey revealed that companies in the UK are losing close to £50 million a day in lost productivity from workers who fail to take a lunch break.  By skipping lunch the impact on our productivity levels is significant.

Almost half of the people surveyed (48%) felt that their productivity levels plummeted around 3 pm due to the lack of fuel from a decent lunch. This dip resulted in them losing 40 minutes of their day as their brain slowed down and they struggled to concentrate fully.

What is stopping us taking lunch?

So why do we skip lunch? Over a third of people surveyed (34%) said that had experienced pressure from managers to work through their lunch hour, whilst half felt that the size of their workload prevented them from taking a break. Bupa Clinical Director of Occupational Health, Dr. Jenny Leeser, said: “In challenging economic times, the UK work force is in overdrive and the lunch break is falling by the wayside. Instead of taking a break to refuel, workers are using props including chocolates and sweets and caffeinated drinks to get them through the day. In fact, a fifth (21 per cent) consume five caffeinated drinks a day. Having large amounts of caffeine on a daily basis can lead to insomnia and dehydration.”

Why lunch is vital for the second half of the day

For some, a lunch break is also a time to not only mentally and physically recharge, but also to connect with colleagues. Try and get away from the desk, remembering that your keyboard harbours more bacteria than a toilet seat, and either get out or move internally to a communal eating place if you have one. Eating with a colleague will give you a chance to have a chat about things unrelated to work, or to get something off your chest that may have been stressing you out.

Taking a lunch break means that the brain is nourished with the food, water and oxygen it needs and this increase in energy levels will lead to a much more productive afternoon.

With this in mind, make the most of your lunch break here at Ransom Wood.  Take a break and wander through our 70 acres of woodland not forgetting to stop off at Forever Green of course!


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