4/7/2014 - Most Americans lunch at work for 30 minutes or less
Though it may come as no surprise to businessowners who provide it, the typical time that workers spend on break is about a half-hour, according to a newly released poll.
Approximately 50% of respondents to a survey performed by staffing service firm OfficeTeam indicated that their "lunch hour" is more often than not 30 minutes in overall length.
Of course, the activity that most employees do while on their break is eat whatever it is they've packed for lunch. However, besides this, roughly four in 10 workers say that they like to spend their time interacting with colleagues who are on lunch at the same time as they are, the OfficeTeam poll revealed. There's no wear for the weary for some, though, as nearly 30% said that they eat and work at the same time. Other common activities were to navigate the internet - especially social media websites like Twitter or Facebook - and catching up on correspondence that hadn't been replied to.
Robert Hosking, executive director for the Menlo Park, Calif.-based human resources company, indicated that it's clear employees' break in the action isn't all about eating.
"They provide time to clear your head and recharge," said Hosking. "Workers also can use their lunch breaks to get to know colleagues better and build their professional networks."
Experts at OfficeTeam provided some recommendations that employers' staff might want to do on their lunch break in order for it to be more productive - not necessarily work-related, though. For example, they recommended getting out of the office for awhile or taking care of tasks that are near to one's workplace.
Believe it or not, federal law does not mandate that companies provide a lunch break. However, there are certain labor laws that, if broken, could be grounds for litigation. Employment practices liability insurance provides businessowners with the coverage they need should they be sued for violating one of these laws, which is typically done in error.