It’s called “lunch shaming,” a feeling some workers get from their bosses or co-workers about the length of time they take for a lunch break.
For a promotion called “Take Back the Lunch Break” a company named Tork did a survey to assess attitudes about the midday office ritual, and the results are kind of surprising.
One in five bosses think employees who take a regular lunch break are less-hardworking. 13% of workers are most concerned about what their associates are saying about them.
“Yes, there are employers that are judging their employees based on how long they take a lunch break,” says workplace culture expert Bobby Albert, and he thinks at a time of only 3.9% unemployment that’s a mistake. “So the employers who are still behaving this way rather than thinking about ‘how can I grow my business, how can I find another customer, how can I delight the customers I’ve already got,’ they’re going to lose their best employees.”
The survey by Tork found those employees who do take time for lunch are more likely to be satisfied with their current job and feel appreciated by their employer.