UK Workers Report Productivity Plunge from No Lunch Breaks
28 March 2011 (PLANSPONSOREurope.com) - U.K. companies are losing close to £50 million a day in lost productivity, as workers fail to take a lunch break, according to a survey from health insurer Bupa.
HR Magazine reports that a March 2011 online survey of 1000 U.K. workers found just 30% take a lunch hour. Over a third (34%) of employees indicated they experience pressure from managers to work through their lunch hour, while half feel the weight of their workload prevents them from taking a break.
The impact on workers not taking a break is significant: almost half (48%) feel their productivity levels plummet in the afternoon around 3 o'clock. As a result, they lose almost 40 minutes of their day due to this dip - and the economy loses £50 million daily, Bupa says, according to the news report.
Bupa clinical director of occupational health, Jenny Leeser, said: "In challenging economic times, the U.K. workforce 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, 21% consume five caffeinated drinks a day. Having large amounts of caffeine on a daily basis can lead to insomnia and dehydration.”