Do You Take a Lunch Break?

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Give Peas a Chance (flickr user Dave77459)

In many states, it's against the law for your employer to deny you a lunch break. But lunch breaks seem to be getting rarer all the time. Tell us your situation: Do you feel like it's possible to take a lunch break any more?

For this week's work segment, Justin Jones-Fosu of WEAA's Listen Up! explains why so few of us are taking lunch breaks these days. And Connie Thanasoulis-Cerrachio, of career-advice site, explains how not taking lunch may be hurting our careers.

Comments on Facebook:

Jeri Griffin Buboltz:
"I take a lunch hour much more now than when I was starting my career 20+ years ago. It's my time to regroup and recharge. I look forward to it, and it helps me maintain my sanity! I've always worked in non-profit fundraising. First, in public broadcasting. Now, in health care."

Richard Carlson:
"Me too, but just half an hour in the public schools. It's in the contract, and worth fighting for. Whether spent socially with colleagues or alone, it's a halftime break."

James Ellsworth:
"I work in the computer security management field and I eat WHILE working as lunch is just a waste of time for me (hackers seem to never eat I have the privilege of eating while working while I understand some do not."


Justin Jones-Fosu and Connie Thanasoulis-Cerrachio

Produced by:

Kristen Meinzer

Comments [3]

MK Ultra from Here and now

I stopped listening to NPR - and this show in particular - a long time ago. The corporate "sponsorship" (read as "buy out") of NPR is mostly evident on this show.

There is just so much wrong with this peace that I could write a dissertation on it. First, the title leads one to believe that they are actually going to address the phenomenom of workers explotation and how companies are bending and breaking all the rules in order to enhance their bottom line. But, nooooooo, oh, no! They actually had to go and justify the fact that Americans don't even have the ability to take a half hour - much less a one-hour lunch - anymore because we are nothing more than wage slaves for these greedy bastards.

Shame on John Hockenberry, particularly, for making this piece even less paletable and actually taunt the fact that productivity in this country has triple, as if that were a good thing, and without even touching the real reasons why. I bet John will have a little extra something in his paycheck from Bank of America this week. And, yeah, I'd love to know if he takes a lunch hour or not.

Shame on you all corporate media shills who, rather than doing your job, sell your souls to the corporations for an extra buck without putting any thought into all the evil you do and the problems you cause. You will be the demise of this here empire called the USA.

Jun. 01 2010 09:51 AM
DickeyFuller from Washington, DC

I don't believe that the younger generation values or even understands the importance of face-to-face relationships.

The younger generation believes that relationships can be maintained via texting.


Jun. 01 2010 06:57 AM
Liz from New Jersey

I haven't taken a full one-hour lunch break in quite some time. Sometimes there is just not enough time in a work day to get things done...

May. 31 2010 10:51 AM

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