One of the key indicators of a good workplace is whether you have friendships at work. And one thing that can foster friendships is shared activities. The simplest and most obvious one in the workplace, especially if you work a roughly 9-5 work day, is lunch. What happens at lunchtime? Do you work through and eat a sandwich at your desk? I hope not, because there are so many benefits to taking a break.
- We’re more productive when we work in short bursts of around an hour with a 10 – 15 minute break. And then a longer break for lunch.
- We’re more productive if we’re not hungry – or even worse, hangry.
- We also make better decisions.
- Healthier lunch means healthier people.
- If we get to know our co workers we’re more likely to find those friendships, which means we work better together, have a shared purpose.
If you have a dedicated space in your workplace to get away from your desk and eat lunch, make a point of doing that for the rest of this week. If you don’t have a dedicated space, suggest to a co worker or three that you get out of the office and go somewhere for lunch. Use it as an opportunity to get to know someone a little better.
Let me know what you’re doing for lunch for the rest of this week.
If you want more ideas for how to be happy at work, start here.