One in ten workers say they never take a lunch break.
Want a break? You might want to take up smoking. We're not endorsing any unhealthy habits, just looking at some stats on break time at work. Turns out the long recession pinches in ways that go beyond lost jobs, smaller paychecks and increased workloads for survivors. The extended downturn is leaving a dent on workers' lifestyles and attitudes, too, according to a new survey from CareerBuilder. Take two givens of office culture: lunch hour and the smoke break. With a constant sense of uncertainty and even fear about job security, many professionals are avoiding eating out because they want to save money. Some of them don't even feel they have time for lunch anymore; when if they do take time for lunch, they are more likely to be multi-tasking than kicking back with co-workers. Meanwhile, resentment is clearly emerging between those who cut out for smoking breaks and those left behind doing the work. The survey was conducted online by Harris Interactive on behalf of CareerBuilder, and was taken by nearly 4,500 U.S. workers age 18 or over.
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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