Story of the week: Is lunch a productivity killer or booster?


Hong Kong employees work some of the longest hours in the world – regular extra time, always connected via mobile and often not even leaving their desks for lunch. However, this work “hard” mentality often causes a loss of productivity and it’s definitely unhealthy.  Not only affecting employee mental and physical well-being but it could be detrimental to your bottom line as well.

However, regular breaks are essential to keep employees focused and energized. Especially a proper lunch break according to a survey by the website Tork. The research had some pretty shocking findings like;

  • Nearly 20% of North American workers worry their bosses won’t think they are hardworking if they take regular lunch breaks, while 13% worry their co-workers will judge them.
  • 38% of employees don’t feel encouraged to take a lunch break.
  • 22% of North American bosses say that employees who take a regular lunch break are less hardworking.
  • 34% of North American bosses consider how often an employee takes a lunch break when evaluating their job performance.

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