“No Free Lunch Is Fast Becoming No Lunch”
Facilities Design & Management
June 1996

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About 55% of office workers say they engage in other activities besides eating during their lunch hour, according to the Steelcase Workplace Index, a semiannual survey that gauges workplace trends in the United States. And out of that group, nearly 40% say they now use their lunch hour to catch up in extra work.

Office workers take, on average, only 36 minutes for lunch each day, with 14% not taking any time for lunch, according to the survey. Office workers in the Northeast and those earning above $50,000 are most likely to skip lunch altogether (20%).