Extended lunch break falls short

THE EXTENDED lunch is long gone with 88.8 per cent of employers saying it no longer exists for most employees, according to the latest Morgan & Banks Job Index.

Chairman Geoff Morgan said only 8.9 per cent of employers believed the long lunch hour still had a place in corporate life. 2.3 per cent of respondents did not answer the question.

“Large businesses are more adamant that the long lunch hour is long gone with 90.2 per cent giving a resounding yes,” Mr Morgan said.

“Conversely, more small business owners – 11.8 per cent – reported they believed long lunch hours were beneficial to their business’ success.

“More engineers and members of the media enjoy a leisurely lunch than any other industry type with 16.7 per cent and 13.6 per cent of bosses respectively saying the long lunch still has a place.

“Telecommunications personnel were next with 13 per cent.

“Tourist operators at 94.4 per cent and health/medical/pharmaceutical personnel at 94.6 per cent are more likely to have lunch at their desk,” he said.

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