“Hey. Want to grab some burgers from that new café?”

“Nah. I’m waiting for urgent calls so I’ll just have lunch in my cube.”

Do you often experience similar case as above? When the deadlines are coming close, it makes us feel like we cannot spare those precious 30 minutes to get out of the desk. Everything can happen in minutes, so if we take lunch away from the telephone and computer, we are afraid that we will miss urgent calls or emails. Most workers will agree that eating at their desk is not an uncommon activity. In fact, most of us must have done at some point in time.

There are various reasons why people choose eating at their desk rather than allocating some time to the office cafeteria. Some people think that getting lunch at their cube or desks is okay because it will save them time and is more practical, while some others are simply too comfy sitting on the chair that they do not care to move. Whatever the reason is, lunch is not merely sometime to gulp in food, so you have energy to get the job done.

More than that, lunch should be a great time to refresh your body and mind after hours of being immersed in the pile of work. Instead of efficiency and practicality, eating lunch at desk will bring you more minuses than pluses. If you need to be convinced, check out the disadvantages of eating lunch at desk:

Messy and smelly desk

One obvious reason to never eat lunch on your desk is because it will make your cube all messy and smelly. Desk is the place where you finish your jobs, so you should make it comfortable to keep it clean and neat. If you bring your lunch to the desk, imagine eating sandwich or toast and you accidentally leave crumbs here and there. It will make the table all dirty and ants soon come swarming the desk, not to mention the mess it will create.

In addition, lunch will make your cube smelly, especially if you bring strong smelling foods such as onions, cheese, pickles, sauerkraut, or ginger. Even if these smells are perfectly fine to you, it will spread to the entire room and you can never know how your co-workers will react. So to be safe, it is better not to do such a thing.

Bad work relationship

If you keep refusing your co-workers invitation to eat outside, they would get wrong ideas that you hate socialising with them. Not only will it cause misunderstanding, but you will also lose an opportunity to build interpersonal relationships with your colleagues.

In work relationship, to create better teamwork, it is important to know your co-worker personally. By having lunch together, you can share personal stuffs such as families, hobbies, interests, or simply latest gossips. Simple and light conversation will help you know better your co-workers better and exchange positive vibes.

By doing so, it will create better communication that will be useful in accomplishing projects and tasks. Moreover, if some conflicts among colleagues arises in the future, you will know how to deal with them as you know their characters and personalities.

Unhealthy

What happens if you have lunch while staring at your computer 9 hours straight in a day? Multitasking and finishing the job earlier? Nope. It will only make you unhealthy. First, you will only be stressful as you cannot get your attention away from work.  Second, you have no chance to get up and move from your desk, which is not good for your bone.

Third, staring at the screen too long will make your eyes tired and worsen your eyesight. Fourth, you cannot get fresh air to energise your mind. Fifth, you will have no time for a short-walk after lunch to burn some calories so the foods will not pile up and become fat. Considering all these disadvantages, are you still reluctant from taking lunch break outside of your work desk?

Less productive

Surprisingly, eating lunch at the desk does not make you more productive. Contrary to popular beliefs, eating lunch at desk does not improve one’s productivity and efficiency. If you think that you can focus on the job while munching your lunch, you are wrong.

Our body and brain has physical limitation that needs to be rested, and eating out with your co-workers is the simplest thing you can do to refresh them. After coming back from lunch, you will be ready to maximise your productivity until the rest of the day.

Human beings are not a tireless robot. At the workplace, lunch is the perfect time when you can get mental breaks to keep your health and sanity. If you happen to read this piece while lunching at your desk, then move out of your seat now and join your co-worker outside.

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Pursuing a career is like engaging in a marriage, as when one signs to an official agreement, the relationship between both parties would heighten to another level. As what many spouses are dealing with, either the employees and top management is interchangeably dependent, and with a negative environment, it will be quite toxic.

A positive workplace environment is necessary for employees to work in the most conducive ways. When the office has good communication, healthy competition, friendly colleagues and workspaces, people will feel great coming to work and motivated, even eager to give the best performance that they have. Isn’t this beneficial for the company?

How about your workplace? Does it truly have a positive environment?

Here are 5 characteristics you can look out for:

Open communication

We often hear that communication is vital to maintaining relationships, but what type of communication is needed in a workplace?

In an open communication environment, employees are free to ask about why they have to do this and that and asking for help for some solutions to the issues they can’t solve. Also, there is a space or platform between employees and the management to communicate in an open-hearted condition to deliver both business’ expectations, goals, employee’s challenges and obstacles without repercussions.

People are more important than the tasks

Employers, in some cases are more focused on chasing deadlines and attaining goals, most of the time, forgetting that the employees are the more valuable assets to secure and to take care of. This doesn’t mean that laziness and incompetent attitude are allowed.

Sense of humour

People smiling in a light conversation, even laughing out in a casual manner in the midst of strict deadlines, and enormous tasks imply a positive workplace environment. Joking around with the colleagues could effectively releases endorphin, a hormone that could keep the burnouts away.

Change is welcome

People and trends changes, and companies that are not able to accept such changes would end up in a dinosaur age (extinct). In this advanced digital era, both employees and the management can adopt more effective and efficient methods to work together in a team through some ways like individual and group chat applications, social media platforms, video calls, and more.

The flexibility of time and physical attendance are alternative ways to keep employees working optimally in trying circumstances such as traffic issues and medical urgency.

Turnover is low

It is not comfortable to work with colleagues that come and go in short period of time. High turnover rate of workforces is now becoming the trend, yielding a big challenge to management.

When employees feel that they cannot get along with the workload, management and unable to fit into the company’s culture, they will start looking for their next job rather than being ‘imprisoned’ in a discomfort situation. With a positive environment, the turnover rate can be decreased and allow engagement activities to increase.

These 5 characteristics might vary in some companies, but the most vital question to ask yourself is that ‘Are you happy with your job?’ If your company is still in the midst of changes towards a positive environment, support it!  .

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