Why does Generation Z skip their lunch break?

Why does Generation Z skip their lunch break?

Skipping lunch can make it harder to get through the day.

Skipping lunch can make it harder to get through the day.
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According to a survey, among all generations, Generation Z workers are the most likely to skip lunch at least once a week.

They are more than twice as likely to fear that their boss will disapprove of them having lunch.

Overall, 48% of employees skip lunch at least once a week.

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The rumbling you feel could be due to your empty stomach, or your Gen Z colleagues complaining about skipping lunch. Younger members of the workforce tend to skip lunch to be more productive, or at least that’s the intention. According to an online survey conducted by Ezcater, Gen Z is very likely to pass up a trip to the cafeteria. The survey, conducted in August, surveyed 5,000 full-time employees in the United States who work in the office at least part of the time.

Seven out of ten Gen Z employees say they don’t eat lunch at least once a week. Comparison: among Millennials it is only half and among Gen Only about a third of boomers skip lunch. Overall, 48% of employees skip lunch at least once a week.

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Gen Z is more concerned that their bosses disapprove of breaks

The young – and clearly hungry – Gen Z respondents are twice as likely to fear that their bosses will disapprove if they take a break. According to the survey, they are also the generation most likely to set aside time in their calendar for a break, but least likely to take one. When they take a lunch break, they are most likely to take a break of less than 30 minutes.

Gen Z’s concerns about lunch breaks likely reflect their feelings about the work environment and the pressures they face, Diane Swint, chief revenue officer at Ezcater, told Business Insider. “It has something to do with culture,” she said. “This is something every company can change.” Swint said older workers who are more likely to go to lunch have experienced previous economic cycles and may feel more confident in making time for lunch.

About half of those surveyed feel less exhausted after lunch

As with many diets, skipping lunch isn’t necessarily helpful as it can provide a valuable break. About half of the employees surveyed said lunch made them feel less exhausted. There is evidence that they are right; We know that time out can help concentration.

Food can also bring people to the office, especially if the employer pays for it. About eight in ten Gen Z workers say a free lunch would influence their decision to go to the office. Overall, 67% of hybrid workers would come to the office for a free lunch.

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Not all Gen Zs skip lunch

TikToker Brittany Finkelstein, who teaches people to reduce stress and increase resilience in their work lives, recommends that workers who are “chronic lunch skippers” set two alarms: one for when they want to eat lunch and one for five minutes before in so they can finish their work. This allows them to step away from their desk and “eat lunch like a normal person.”

Of course, not all Gen Zs skip lunch. Numerous Tiktoks focus on the differences in how different generations eat lunch and what is discussed.

Too many dates can lead to eating on camera

But what replaces food at lunch? According to the survey, about six in ten respondents said they use their lunch break for something else. In the survey, one in five workers said they had too many meetings to take a break.

A calendar packed with meetings can lead to the dreaded on-camera meal. Three in ten workers admit to doing so, although the majority of those surveyed believe that eating in front of a screen is bad etiquette, especially when it comes to a call involving people outside the employer.

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Beyond what a lunch break means for us at work, eating at the right time can promote health, scientists say. And obviously it also depends on what we eat. Even for those of us who make time for lunch, going to restaurants too often is often not ideal, both for our health and our wallet.


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