Average British worker takes less time for their lunch break

The average British worker takes only 34 minutes for their meal break – a huge move from the traditional one hour break.

Much more worryingly, the greater part of specialists skirt their meal break through and through, as per a survey of 2,000 employed UK grown-ups by flexible working space firm Workthere.

It found that Londoners are the least likely to take advantage of their lunch hour, followed by workers in Birmingham, Manchester and Norwich. Also, those working in HR are most guilty of avoiding their meal break (70pc), trailed by Finance (68pc) and workers inside the Arts and Culture (62pc), the study revealed.

Of those that do take a meal break, 34pc take between 21 to 30 minutes, while 13pc take 20 minutes or less.

The information likewise demonstrated that office representatives have lunch at their work area on average four days for each week and even when they do enjoy a break, they frequently don’t venture out of the workplace, with 37pc of those surveyed saying they once in a while go outside at noon. A further 12pc of those polled said they felt the weight to work through their lunch hour.

Cal Lee, founder and head of Workthere, stated: “We have seen wellness establish itself firmly on the workplace agenda with employers increasingly recognising the benefits of ensuring staff are content, happy and most importantly, in good health.

“Part of this is creating a productive office environment where employees feel comfortable taking a longer lunch break and engaging with colleagues.”