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Fewer than half leave to eat lunch

A new survey from Right Management shows that less than half of American workers leave their desks to eat lunch — a sign of the pressure to produce:

Do you take a break for lunch at work?

Yes, almost always


Yes, but usually stay at my desk


Only from time to time


Seldom, if ever


"Has the true lunch break become the exception rather than the rule?" asked John Copeland, Vice President Client Services of Right Management. "We know employees are currently under a great deal of pressure, but skipping lunch or being reluctant to take a break during the work day is not a good way to deal with it. On the contrary, taking time away from one's desk for lunch may go a long way toward relieving stress and boosting energy."