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As companies return to the office, employees are taking on the workloads of those who took part in ‘the Great Resignation.’
Everyone looks forward to their lunch hour, typically a midday break where you can grab a sandwich, run an errand, make a personal call or just sit with a friend or two and recharge after a busy morning at work.
Research shows that a designated lunch hour boosts employee morale and energy and is a much-needed respite for employees.
According to a recent study in the Journal of Pharmaceutical Research International, an employee’s one-hour lunch break boosts health, reduces stress and increases work performance. Data from this study reports a lunch break leads to a drop in absenteeism, plus will improve job satisfaction and attitude.
There’s even a trend where businesses or retail stores cease operations for a designated time so staff members can take their lunch hour at the same time.
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Adam Lyons, a business adviser and founder of the SMART Blueprint, said before the pandemic he always advised clients to stagger employee lunch hours. But, since pandemic restrictions have been eased, he said it's important to incentivize people to come back into the office or a store.
"Solo lunch breaks are not incentivizing, which is why I recently have started to recommend clients have their employees take lunch at the same time," explained Lyons. "We have found that this helps with team building, morale and general happiness for employees."
Although this collective lunch-hour arrangement may affect the bottom line for businesses that choose to be closed from noon to 1 p.m., Lyons said it pays off again in team morale.
"Also, on a more personal note, we've all seen the sign on a small business that says ‘Be back at 1 p.m.’ I always tell consumers and my family ‘go enjoy your day and come back.’ They’re taking a well-needed break – something we all need," Lyons continued.
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Scott Killmer, CEO of Car Windshields, says he closes his business to give a lunch break to his staff every day for an hour.
"I take a break for myself too," he said. "Since I was a worker myself, I believe my staff deserves a full break during the day."
He said he has experienced a few barriers to his policy.
"I don’t face any consequences because I have posted the lunch breaks on every social media page and people don’t often drop by during that time," Killmer shared. "I think stopping your business for an hour won’t affect it at all, instead it will motivate your employees to work harder. They will acknowledge the fact that you care for them as well, and it is quite important for a successful business."