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Lunch? Who has time for it?

By CaptBilly1Eye ·
The old adage; "There never seems to be enough hours in the day" sometimes feels like the curse that can't be exorcised from IT or Tech Support. With good time management skills, you can increase efficiency and reduce the stress caused by being overloaded. But, no matter how good you are at planning, scheduling and delegating, there are too many times when you feel pulled in too many directions.
The good side of being wanted and valuable may be job security, but the down side is you may find yourself unable to catch a breath and ultimately stressed-out.

I don't know about you, but I find if I don't allow myself to take a pause now and then, my patience erodes Big Time.
I insist that I can take a one hour break mid-day and I take that lunch break outside of the building. I even turn off my phone. That way, no one can interrupt for a perceived emergency. There are others available who can handle things in the interim. This is my way to re-energize, collect thoughts and maintain sanity. ...or maybe I'm just being selfish.

My previous employer would only allow 30 minutes for lunch and made no allowances for any other breaks during the day. As far as they were concerned, when you were on-site, you were on the clock and therefore expected to be producing. ...this even though I was a salaried employee. I have to say, that was one of the major reasons I left that company.

What do you think? Do you take a break during the day? How do you spend it? Is it important? Vital?

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Consider yourself lucky

by jck In reply to I am suppose to have an h ...

If I get here at 7am...and I work til 5:30pm...and my boss walks in my office at 12:30pm as I am getting ready to go to lunch and says "Let's look at somethign and keeps me here for 3 hours...

I don't get to leave early because I already have overtime. I am expected to stay until 5pm at the very least, even if they keep me through lunch.

I'd love to know if that is illegal. I know they can't endanger your health or property by keeping you at work. But if your employer comes in and forces you to stay through lunch and almost til the end of day, is that workplace abuse?

I am too nice to play the hypoglycemia card. I could if I wanted to, but I try to be a contributor. Probably why I get run over by my boss all the time.

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No law for Florida

by jdclyde In reply to Consider yourself lucky
Lunch requirements

Under federal law, your employer does not have to provide lunch or coffee breaks. Also, your employer does not have to pay you for lunch breaks that you are given.

However, your state might have mandatory meal breaks. The requirements vary, but many employees are guaranteed a 30 minute meal period per shift. To qualify, your shift will generally need to be 6 hours, and maybe even 8 hours long.

These states require meal periods: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Washington, and West Virginia.


From what I have found, Florida has NO laws about breaks or lunch periods. Guess you need to start taking lunch at 11:30am, huh?

That, or start eating a peanutbutter and honey sandwich for lunch while your boss is "helping you". Another good idea is keep a bunch of "maryjanes" on hand. nothing like a nice sticky/chewy candy while you are trying to have a conversation, huh? B-)

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a lot that's wrong with Florida

by jck In reply to No law for Florida

Florida is a "right to work" state, or your employer can terminate employment...with or without notice...and with or without cause.

What's wrong with that?

When you go for a new job, employers call to get reference from former employers. Employment check, they call it.

An employee is not allowed to call former employees from the same position and ask "Would you work for this employer again?".

Damned unfair.

Oh BTW...I was offered that new job today.

I'm waiting for the offer letter. :)

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"Let's look at somethign and keeps me here for 3 hours...

by Ceespace In reply to Consider yourself lucky

Yes that happens to me too - sort of...

I work from home and usually have a two hour
lunch break (to do emergency shopping etc),
the one that usually catches me is when I am
cooking tea in the evening and the phone
rings or I get a skype call from a client and
that's tea burnt in the oven - guaranteed.
It is like magic (I must check for the webcam
in the kitchen - there must be some way they

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tea in the oven?

by jdclyde In reply to "Let's look at somethign ...

Tell me more please.... B-)

I admit to being a total novice to the world of Tea, and always look to learn more.

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NITS(tm) explanation

by neilb@uk In reply to tea in the oven?

Tea is what some of us Brits call our evening meal.

Some groups of people - depends primarily on social class and location - use "lunch" for midday meal and "dinner" for an evening meal and others use "dinner" for midday and "tea" for evening meal.

Coming home from school - "What's for tea, Mum?" - is how I was brought up.

Now? I'm a bilingual classless citizen and will eat anything, whatever you care to call it. Twice if I can get it.

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oh, you have GOT to be kidding me!

by jdclyde In reply to NITS(tm) explanation

if you call dinner tea, then what do you call tea???? :0

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Context is everything

by neilb@uk In reply to oh, you have GOT to be ki ...

WE understand.

So, I sit down to my tea and I just might have some tea with it. What's the problem? Some people have dinner in the middle of the day and supper rather than tea. If you use "dinner" for a formal evening meal and "supper" for a more informal family meal, you're probably an upper-class toff.

It's all part of the unique English social classes.

If you call it "tea", and eat it early evening, you're working class or of working class origin. If you personalise the meal, "I have to go home for my tea", you are probably northern working class.

I know my place.

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High Tea

by JamesRL In reply to oh, you have GOT to be ki ...

If you wanna learn, my girls would be glad to accompany your boys to "High Tea" down at one of the downtown Toronto hotels that serve it. Thats the place for crustless sandwhiches, sweets and "buttered scones" etc. as well as very nice tea.

Now my mom's mom followed the custom of having the main meal of the day at noon, and the last meal of the day was more like an English "Tea" - soup and sandwhiches etc.

It was also often like that down on the farm during harvest season - the workers expected a big meal at noon from the farmer's wife, and then would take off at the end of the day to get home.

I had a real shock when I went to visit my mom's brother's family. He married someone born in Holland, and much to my horror, they skipped lunch altogether. The first day I was really suprised and barely made it through.


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