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Old 03-27-2019, 06:07 PM
 
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Was just wondering what others opinion is on taking an hour lunch if entitled to it? I am allowed to take an hour but I usually just take 10 minutes. I bring my lunch and eat at my desk and do my work. I am very social it's just that's always work to do. I work with some people who take the full hour( even go home if the live 5 minutes away) but for some reason I can;t bring myself to do it. We work 40 hour week so that 9 hours a day with hour lunch. I still work the full 9 without taking lunch so yes it's actually OT but I'm salary. It seems to me if you take the hour lunch your not that busy...IDK...just an issue I have. Wonder what % people actually take an hour lunch who are salary!!?? Thanks
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Old 03-27-2019, 06:18 PM
 
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Are you expected to work through lunch?
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Old 03-27-2019, 06:28 PM
 
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Old 03-27-2019, 07:57 PM
 
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Was just wondering what others opinion is on taking an hour lunch if entitled to it? I am allowed to take an hour but I usually just take 10 minutes. I bring my lunch and eat at my desk and do my work. I am very social it's just that's always work to do. I work with some people who take the full hour( even go home if the live 5 minutes away) but for some reason I can;t bring myself to do it. We work 40 hour week so that 9 hours a day with hour lunch. I still work the full 9 without taking lunch so yes it's actually OT but I'm salary. It seems to me if you take the hour lunch your not that busy...IDK...just an issue I have. Wonder what % people actually take an hour lunch who are salary!!?? Thanks
Regarding the "issue" you have. The most productive organizations I've worked in were ones where everyone took their lunch break. Often the boss went to lunch with us. In each case we were tight knit, high performance organizations. In contrast, the organizations where the culture is more "eat at your desk" have been less productive overall. My philosophy, as an employee, and as a supervisor, has always been, (allowing for short term events), if employees can't get their work down in the normal 8 hour day, it means either a) workload is misaligned = poor management or b) an employee who can't keep up. For item "a" too many supervisors will find a couple of thoroughbreds and run them into the ground rather than bring the others up to speed.
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Old 03-27-2019, 08:23 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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If you want to work for free (and more importantly work yourself to death), keep working at your lunch break. In WA, people are also entitled to two 15-minite paid breaks every 4 hours (not sure how it is in other states), so that means you work 7.5 hours, but get paid for 8.
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Old 03-27-2019, 09:56 PM
 
Location: Honolulu
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I've had 6 jobs since I graduated. All 6 were salary and at all 6 I've taken my fully allotted lunch time. Most others have done the same from what I've observed and though I've had some stressful jobs, I've never felt pressured to cut my lunch time short of what was allotted. I've only very rarely taken less than my allotted time if I had to finish something by a deadline and didn't think I could make it without working through lunch.
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Old 03-28-2019, 07:23 AM
 
Location: Florida
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Do you think you will get a prize for working through your lunch break or that anyone is keeping track? When I worked for an employer, I always took my allowed lunch break. My husband is salary and he almost always takes his. Occasionally he will work through lunch, but that's on days that he needs to leave early or when he is almost at a deadline and needs the extra time to be sure he'll meet it by the end of the day.
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Old 03-28-2019, 07:28 AM
 
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Was just wondering what others opinion is on taking an hour lunch if entitled to it? I am allowed to take an hour but I usually just take 10 minutes. I bring my lunch and eat at my desk and do my work. I am very social it's just that's always work to do. I work with some people who take the full hour( even go home if the live 5 minutes away) but for some reason I can;t bring myself to do it. We work 40 hour week so that 9 hours a day with hour lunch. I still work the full 9 without taking lunch so yes it's actually OT but I'm salary. It seems to me if you take the hour lunch your not that busy...IDK...just an issue I have. Wonder what % people actually take an hour lunch who are salary!!?? Thanks

You are making the choice to not use the hour you are not being paid for to work instead of relax and eat. It is all on you, no one is asking you to do it. Personally, I think an hour is way too long for lunch, I get a half hour and that is about right. When I have had jobs with a full hour, I found it hard to kill that much time.

Our company insists we take the full half hour and we are called on the carpet if we clock in early.
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Old 03-28-2019, 08:20 AM
 
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I work through lunch probably 4 days a week then our team goes out one day a week and it’s often longer than an hour. It works for me but everyone’s different. I don’t judge anyone who takes their break unless they refuse to go to meetings in order to do it. And yes, we sometimes have meetings from 12-1 although it’s a last resort.
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Old 03-28-2019, 08:34 AM
 
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I work thru lunch, go on cd, newsites, walk the halls etc. Lunch is a non issue to me. We are required to put lunch in our time system. If I eat a heavy meal I get so tired I can't function, so work consists of snacks all day. Lunch is just a time to cruise news sites, etc. On occasion some of us will go offsite to go out to eat. Then we have to make up our time because it takes more than an hour to drive to a restaurant and come back.
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