I read recently about BUPA research which highlighted the number of workers in the UK who do not take a proper lunch break. By eating at their desks, the research suggests, they are risking health and happiness and reducing their productivity.
The research considered the lunchtime habits of 2,000 workers and found that nearly two thirds could not always take the statutory 20 minute break when working six hours or more. 28% claimed they didn’t normally take a break at all.
45% of workers said they did not leave their place of employment at lunchtime and one third admitted eating at their desks. Of those, some 40% said they answered phone calls and emails whilst eating.
There are many possible health risks including:
• Overeating. A working lunch may mean you don’t feel as full, resulting in snacking in the afternoon.
• Lack of mobility. Not moving from your desk can lead to increased risk of diabetes and heart disease.
• Increased tension. Sitting at a desk all day can lead to tension in the muscles and joint pain.
• Increased stress. Not having a proper break and still working while eating can lead to increased stress.
• Direct health risks. Bacteria can thrive on desks, phones and keyboards, especially with food particles around. Research has found that the average desk contains 400 times more germs than a toilet seat.
Not having a proper break reduces the body’s ability to recharge and energy levels drop, resulting in reduced productivity in the afternoon. Satisfaction and happiness levels also drop, leading to increased risk of ‘burn out’.
The answer for businesses is simple: schedule regular breaks for your employees whilst ensuring that phones are adequately manned. Lunch breaks away from the desk and even the workplace itself can help reduce stress and unhappiness amongst employees, cut health risks and increase productivity.
What’s not to like?
It is with great sadness that we write how our friend & colleague Debbie passed away peacefully on Friday.
We had the pleasure of knowing and working with this lovely lady for the past 6 years. She will be greatly missed by all of her colleagues and customers who knew & loved her.
Sending all of our love & thoughts to her family and friends at this sad time.
Rest in peace Debs ❤️
It seems hard to credit but there is no getting away from the fact that Christmas is upon us and that’s another year gone!
I am pleased to say that it has been a successful one for us, despite the closure of our Bristol Road outlet, and I’d like to take this opportunity of wishing all our customers and suppliers a Merry Christmas.
Here’s hoping everyone has a prosperous New Year!
Don’t forget to make us your first call for all your catering needs in 2020.
We don’t just provide our catering services for local businesses. I am proud to say that we support our community too.
An excellent example of this is Foxmoor Primary School. We have been providing their free school meal service for some time now on a tight budget. We aim to ensure the children get a healthy and substantial meal every day of the week.
Here’s what the school has to say about our service:
“Lauren’s have provided our Free School Meal Service since its inception and manage to provide a fresh and healthy lunch for our children on a very small budget. We have been delighted with the service and their flexibility when it comes to our more ‘fussy eaters’.
“Their delivery is prompt on a daily basis and they are extremely accommodating when we have school visits etc, often dropping off the meals before 9am.
“We would thoroughly recommend their service.”
Check out our Testimonials page to hear what other customers think about us and our services.
It is amazing what you can find on the YouGov website you know. As well as the expected business and tax information they run various opinion polls.
I stumbled across the results of the most popular food and snack brands in the UK and thought I would share them with you:
2. Kit Kat
16. Cathedral City
17. Terry’s Chocolate Orange
I am pleased to say that you can get some of these from our snack vans.