Average lunch hour for Edinburgh workers is just 34 minutes

Average Edinburgh worker takes just 34 minutes for their lunch break

The average worker in Edinburgh takes just 34 minutes for their lunch break, according to new research from workspace advisor Workthere – a spin-out of Savills.
More than half (52%) of UK workers skip their lunch breaks completely – in a significant shift from the traditional one-hour lunch break – the study found. 
Workthere commissioned a poll of 2,000 full time workers across Britain on their lunchtime habits to find out how long they actually take for lunch. The results show that office employees in Edinburgh eat lunch at their desk on average four days per week and even when they do take a lunch break, they often don’t step out of the office, with over a third of those polled {41%} saying they rarely leave the office at lunch time. Additionally, 9% agreed they felt pressure to work through their lunch hour.
The firm says it was also keen to understand how the office environment impacts these lunchtime statistics and found that 36% of those questioned in Edinburgh said that access to outside space at lunchtime would make them more productive at work, with 23% confirming a quiet area to escape to would make a difference to the time they spend on their lunch break.
Cal Lee, Founder and Head of Workthere, said: “We have seen wellness establish itself firmly on the workplace agenda with employers in Edinburgh 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.”
Workthere notes that the trend of providing a range of areas for staff to enjoy their breaks is particularly visible in the serviced and flexible office sector with providers looking to cater to a range of diverse requirements. Examples include: outdoor space; roof terraces; a subsidised canteen; quiet areas and even lunch hour activities to encourage staff to step away from their desks.


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