Lunch Breaks


#1

How long should an employee lunch break be? A friend of mine in France has one of 1hour and a half - which I think is too much. Full time people working where I work only get half an hour.

Thoughts?


#2

So in one of my previous job if we worked 4hrs or more we got 20 minutes, if we worked 11 or more we got 2 20 minute breaks. While that was definitely illegal, none of us minded because we got free food (as in decent cooked meals) and the job itself was hardly taxing. I think the length and regularity of breaks should depend in part on the nature of the job, with more stressful or tiring jobs getting more generous breaks.


#3

I would argue it depends really. I get paid thru my lunch (due to my age and my boss being nice) so I don’t take long for my brake (normally 20 min tops). I think the 1 and a half hours is crazy (if paid or unpaid). I think 45 min to 1 hour on unpaid brake is reasonable (especially in some jobs)


#4

Listen up people, this is why strict regulation doesn’t really work. Too much variation. :blush:

Which is why many governments mandate a basic work code which many companies go beyond.


#5

Depends on the job, the people you employ, the skills needed, the regularity of dealing with customers, the time constraints, whether it’s service or manufacturing … too many variations.

Some jobs shouldn’t have breaks at all (corner shop). Others would be more suited to periodic breaks, like 4x 20 minute breaks on a 9 hour job (manufacturing is good for this)

Question is too broad and I disagree with any one-size-fits-all approach. There shouldn’t be a mandatory requirement.


#6

Should be a mandatory minimum of 20-30 minutes.

I work 8-4:30 and get one 45 minute lunch break.


#7

My workplace is pretty generous with breaks. Any shift over 3 hours is a 15 minute break, 5 hours and above is 20 minutes, 7 hours is a choice of either one 30 minute or two 15 minute breaks, and 8 hours and over is two 15 minute breaks and an unpaid lunch hour.


#8

I work in a lab, so I can take lunch breaks whenever I’m not actively running an experiment or when I can afford to leave stuff alone for a while. One caveat to that is sometimes I don’t get a chance to eat until late afternoon.

Standardized lunch times are unreasonable. As long as employees do the work they’re supposed to do, then how long they spend eating lunch is a nonissue.


#9

The military gives me about 8 hours of breaks in a 12 hour work day, but 70% of that is spent on unrelated bull crap and the remainder is waiting for something to happen.


#10

when you like your work you’re always on a break

i worked in the NHS, a local accounting firm and going to Blackrock/TD Securities over the summer (and their breaks are generous, especially TD)

in the NHS I had 8 hour shifts in the supplies department (although often 7 hours since there was nothing to do and the staff often took rotations on taking their cards to clock out and leaving an hour earlier than contracted), in that 7 hours (8:30 - 3:30) i had 1 hour lunch break at 12 and 15 minute breaks at 10 and 2:15

in the accounting firm you could have just taken a break whenever you want really you just need to make sure you finish what you need to finish by the end of the day