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5 Reasons Not to Eat Lunch at Your Desk

In this day and age, it’s easy to get caught up in work issues and find yourself trying to cram in lunch at your desk.  Busy days and hectic schedules mean that sometimes eating whilst you work is necessary… and most employers won’t do much to stop you.

A common problem is that when people have done this with regularity, they start to feel as though it’s expected of them.

However, the fact is that taking a break from your desk can actually benefit your employer. It can help to improve your quality of output, as well as your personal sense of contentment and your health.  Here are 5 reasons why you should start getting away from your desk at lunch:

Hygiene issues

From sneezing over your monitor to gathering crumbs in your keyboard, when you think about it your desk isn’t all that clean.  In actual fact, tests have found that on average your mouse carries 846 germs per square inch while your keyboard contains 719.  Nice.

Stretch your Legs

Nowadays, most of us are living fairly sedentary lifestyles. We spend all day at work behind the desk and find it difficult to spare any extra time for exercise. Factoring in even a 20 minute walk during the day is a great way of getting some fresh air and burning off a few of those lunchtime calories.


Going to a staff or breakout room to eat lunch means that you get the opportunity to bond with people that you wouldn’t necessarily see much of in your day-to-day. Not only will this help you to get a better understanding of the company, but it could greatly benefit your appreciation of the work that others do. It’s also good to build your social network in the workplace, as this helps build confidence and will probably mean you can work with others more effectively.

Eat Less

Like watching TV, focusing on work matters while you eat can actually lead to mindless scoffing – and often overeating. Getting into the habit of regularly eating at your desk can mean your brain starts to associate working with eating. After a while, this may mean that you find yourself craving food as you work.

Disassociate eating from working by moving away from your desk area to eat your lunch.

Give it a Break

Giving your brain a rest from concentrating on work issues means you feel more revitalised when you return to it.  Even taking just a 15-minute desk break during the course of a day can help employees think more clearly and improve productivity for the rest of the day.

So, from keeping your waistline in check to helping improve your quality of work, the jury’s out on eating away from your desk. Though sometimes it’s unavoidable, try to spend at least 20 minutes away from your desk every day.

Forever Green is a great restaurant and meeting place on site here at Ransom Wood.  Instead of lunching at your keyboard, wander over through the woodland and check out our tasty menu.

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