Nearly half of SME employers (47%) are creating a negative lunchtime culture by failing to leave the workplace to eat and 49 per cent don’t use even half of the allotted time to take a break.
Bosses failing to rest during the working day has a negative impact on employees according to research carried out by Paymentsense.
Guy Moreve, head of marketing at Paymentsense, explained:
“Many time-poor bosses view lunchbreaks as an extravagance they can’t afford. Not having enough time is often cited by those running SMEs as a major challenge, so it’s understandable lunchtime get overlooked.
“We know from working with 50,000 UK SMEs just how committed business leaders are, and although hard work is clearly a significant factor in a successful enterprise, it’s crucial that regular daily breaks are encouraged to maintain productivity and wellbeing.”
“Because while you might think you are staying busy and, it can limit the time you have to step back and look at the bigger picture.”
According to 36 per cent of workers, bosses don’t encourage them to take a break for lunch. And even if they do, 12 per cent believe they would be judged for it.
So, if you want to make lunch-breaks more appealing to workers perhaps you should digest the following tips…
Lead by example. If you take a lunch-break then your workers will be more likely to.
Supply healthy snacks.
If possible provide eating and resting areas for staff to take lunch and rest breaks.
Encourage lunch clubs so staff will get away from their desks.
Take an extended working lunch every now and then.