A report by health company Bupa says staff not taking a break at lunch is costing UK firms £50m a day, as workers find their productivity levels plummet in the afternoon. More than six million workers are guilty of being chained to the desk while they eat, with half of those surveyed feeling their workload prevents them from taking a break.
To make up for not refuelling properly at lunch time, employees turn to sweets, chocolate and caffeinated drinks to get them through the afternoon. The company’s launched a Reclaim the Lunch Break campaign to encourage workers to take more breaks. Long lunch, anyone?