When asked “on average, how many days a week do you work through lunch?” CFOs responded to three, meaning the majority of the week’s lunches are spent chained to a desk. However, while on the surface this may appear productive, Paul McDonald, executive director of Robert Half Management Resources – the firm that conducted the survey – says this may not always be the case.
“Working through lunch is increasingly common for executives faced with greater responsibilities that must be managed with fewer resources,” McDonald said in a statement. “But too many hours spent without a break can take its toll on job performance.”
Instead, McDonald points out several business advantages of taking a midday repast:
- Business development – a separate Robert Half study showedCFOs think some of their most successful business meetings outside the office were conducted over a meal.
- Networking – schedule time for lunch appointments with colleagues and others in your industry to share ideas and best practices.
- Workplace productivity – regularly skipping lunch can cut into productivity. Instead, when stopping for lunch is not feasible, take short breaks throughout the day to recharge.
- A new attitude – achange of scenery can spur new ideas and give you a fresh perspective on current business challenges.
The survey was developed by Robert Half and conducted by an independent research firm. It includes responses from 1,400 CFOs from a stratified random sample of US companies with more than 20 employees.