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Employers should prevent staff working on lunch breaks

6th June 2014

Employers have been asked to make sure staff take full breaks after a study suggested a large number of people are working through their lunch hour each day.

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The study, commissioned by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and health insurer Aviva, highlighted a link between inactivity, resultant ill-health and time off sick.It revealed that 20% of employees worked through their lunch; of those who took a break, 50% ate at their desk, 20% went outside and 3% went to the gym.

Only a third of workers said their employer provided any kind of exercise opportunities, such as subsidised gym membership, or sport activities during or after work.

The CSP recommended employees had it in their best interests to encourage their staff to be more physically active during the working day to reduce their risk of developing health problems, ranging from back and neck pains to more serious diseases.

A spokesperson from the CSP said: "Full-time workers spend a significant bulk of their week at work or traveling to and from it.

"The consequences of not doing so can be devastating with many people suffering ill-health and prolonged spells off work."


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Anonymous

Thursday 12th June 2014 @ 8:38

The findings are very true. As all of us know, working long hours adds to our tiredness and it is very desirable that we get a break in between. Apart from this, in these days of hurry and speed - has not even our food become "FAST-food" - all of us tend to either skip our lunch all together or gulp-in the morsels in hurry, which is definitely harmful to our system. We are, no doubt, in the age of super-speed but we should not forget that food should be taken calmly.



It is to be hoped that the employers, whosoever they are, look into this matter and help their employees. On their part, the employees too should NOT be careless to ignore the facilities where provided.




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