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It’s nearly lunchtime, but nearly half (48%) of your employees will spend 30 minutes or less of their break doing things other than eating.

According to an OfficeTeam survey, 42% of them reported that, aside from eating, they spend this time socialising with colleagues, while 29% say they work during lunch breaks.

The survey also revealed 9% of staff have either no break or less than 10 minutes’ break, while 38% take lunch breaks of up to an hour or more.

Besides socialising and working, the breaks are also used to go online to surf or use social media, catch up on personal communication, run errands or exercise.

“Lunch breaks aren’t just for eating – they provide time to clear your head and recharge,” said Robert Hosking, executive director of OfficeTeam. “Workers also can use their lunch breaks to get to know colleagues better and build their professional networks.”

The survey offers 5 tips to make the most of lunch breaks:

1. Take a real break so you can truly relax and recharge.

2. Eat well and get the proper nutrients that will provide energy for the day.

3. Step away from the desk to clear your mind and stretch your body.

4. Don’t eat alone. Take the opportunity to socialise with colleagues and make new networking connections.

5. Take care of personal errands during lunch to ease your load after work.

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