Survey suggests workers skip lunch because of job insecurity

Kara Marxer
June 22, 2018 - 6:41 am

A recent study finds many Americans are going without midday meals because they worry taking a break could harm their careers.

Nearly 40 percent of workers in the U.S. and Canada said they do not feel encouraged to take a lunch break. One out of five said they are worried that their boss will think they do not work hard enough. 

That fear seems legitimate.

The survey from industrial papergoods company Tork also found 34 percent of bosses consider how often employees take lunch breaks and evaluate their lunch performance. Twenty-two percent believe employees who take their half hour to eat are less hardworking than their lunchless colleagues.

Tork conducted the survey as part of its "Take Back the Lunch Break" program. The company cites research that people who take time off for lunch are more productive, are happier and more satisfied with their jobs.

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