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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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yep tea

by Ceespace In reply to tea in the oven?

or dinner

last night it was fish and chips - scorched heavily despite turning the oven off when the skype call started

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:0

by jdclyde In reply to yep tea

You need to learn to say, "please hold"...... ;\

The more you do it, the easier it gets...

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My hours are

by cmiller5400 In reply to Lunch? Who has time for i ...

My Hours are 8am-5pm. I have an hour lunch, and (2) 15 minute breaks, one in the am and one in the pm. I admit that most of the time I don't take the full break, but I always take my hour lunch. I work for a great employer that actually seems to care about the general well being of it's employee's.

It is mandatory that you take at least a FULL week off each year unless you have extremely extenuating circumstances. The rest of the vacation time can be used as you see fit. It also generally does not carry over because they want you to actually take the time that you have earned that year.

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Personally....

by JamesRL In reply to Lunch? Who has time for i ...

My employer offers the choice - take 30 minute lunch and leave after 8 hours total, or take an hour and leave after 8.5 hours.

I chose the latter, I don't chose on behalf of my teammates, they pick what works for them.

We often play cards at lunch, and I get to spend time with people in other departments. It comes in handy when you need to ask favours or work with someone, if you have a social history.

My boss, who lives and works the other side of the country, takes a quick lunch break when he can, as short as 15 minutes, and sometimes its in between meetings. He has never once mentioned my difference in style - he doesn't care as long as the work gets done, and he appreciates the fact I have relationships with others to maintain.

I also try to get out of the office and walk around a bit, to say hello to all of my team every day. I also have a standing coffee break with someone on another team, others are welcome to join.

I do think its both healthier and more productive to take an actual break.

James

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45 minutes...

by The 'G-Man.' In reply to Lunch? Who has time for i ...

alone away from everybody, every day.

Have done so for years and am better for it!

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Frequent breaks

by GSG In reply to Lunch? Who has time for i ...

I'm lucky. As long as we meet our goals, we don't have someone standing over us with a stop watch and a stick.

I take breaks frequently. Generally, 5 minutes every hour or so. Usually, they are no more than stopping what I'm doing, standing up, stretching, and doing some neck exercises. If I don't, then I end up with muscle spasms, and I do NOT want to go to physical therapy again to get the charlie horse out of my neck.

In fact, I've got about half of the department doing that now. We find that we're more productive, and have fewer headaches. For IT people and others sitting at a computer all day, posture and stretching is very important.

Other times, we leave our offices and have "hall meetings". We've solved more problems with impromptu hall meetings while stretching our legs than we have by sitting at our desks and worrying at the problem like a dog with a bone.

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Lunch

by skrying In reply to Frequent breaks

What's a lunch break?

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Lunch is...

by GSG In reply to Lunch

Sitting at my desk, eating and surfing the net. Yes, I know that everyone says that you shouldn't eat at your desk, but I only get 30 minutes lunch, and if I eat in our cafeteria, then I maybe get one or two bites in before I have everyone and their brother asking me to fix stuff. Several of us have tried the, "I'm at lunch, and you should really call the help desk." But people don't do that, then call admin and complain that we aren't being responsive, or they get mad that we won't stop eating to help. It's just easier to eat at our desks. After all, nothing says that we have to answer our email right away, and we can always send our phones to voice mail.

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I get an hour and I take it all

by neilb@uk In reply to Lunch? Who has time for i ...

Every day, rain or shine, I get myself out of the building and walk around town for a couple of miles. My favourite walk is a three and a half mile round trip down the south bank of the River Thames, across one of the bridges, reverse direction up the north side and back across. That takes all of my lunch break.

I wouldn't stop that now for anything other than major problems.

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