Do You Feel Empowered to Take a Lunch Break? 37% of Millennial Workers Say ‘No’


Philadelphia, PA — Millennials are three times more likely than baby boomers to feel coworkers would negatively judge them for taking a lunch break, according to the results of a recent survey conducted by Tork, a napkin manufacturer for the food service industry.

Researchers surveyed 1,600 employees about their lunchtime habits, engagement at work, productivity and job satisfaction. They found that 37% of millennials (workers ages 18-35) said they don’t feel empowered to take a lunch break. Among millennial bosses who were surveyed, 31% said employees who took a regular lunch break don’t work as hard as other employees. Only 15% of Generation X bosses agreed.

Although taking a lunch break is associated with a negative stigma for millennials, 90% said the time helps them feel refreshed and ready to return to work.

“We understand that today’s employees – especially millennials – often find it difficult to take a lunch break due to workplace demands and even a perceived stigma around leaving the office for lunch,” Don Lewis, president of professional hygiene at Essity, which owns the Tork brand, said in a June 4 press release. “That’s not good for business if you’re working in an office.”

Source: National Safety Council

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