How do you spend your lunch break? Do you quickly chow down a sandwich at a nearby deli with your eyes glued to your Blackberry? Do you devour a salad at your desk with one hand on your keyboard? Why does this happen? And we all need a little time to recharge, too.
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Making the most of your office lunch hour
The office lunch break is originally supposed to be a midday break that will give you time to eat and refresh your mind. However, people take the office lunch break as a time to catch up on work they haven't finished during the day. Some people are taking the office lunch break at work to go out and do all their pending work like banking and shopping. Your lunch hour is to relax and eat.
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But what does a lunch break look like around the world? We asked people from across the globe how they take their midday meal. Scroll down for seven very different ways of eating al desko. Want to share photos of your own desk lunch with us? Post a picture and description on Twitter with the hashtag BBCaldesko.
Breaks and lunch periods are times, specified by the employer, during which employees are not actively working on the job. Employees use break time, which generally lasts from five to 20 minutes per four hours worked, to eat, visit the restroom, read, talk with friends, smoke, and handle personal business. However, if the employer does supply coffee breaks away from the job generally 20 minutes or less , the employer is required to count these hours as compensated. Meal periods, that typically last 30—60 minutes, during which an employee eats breakfast, lunch, or dinner, are looked at differently by the DOL and various states. Employers do not need to permit employees to leave the work premises if they are otherwise completely freed from duties during the meal period.