HEALTH & WELLBEING
2 HOUR LUNCH BREAKS – A FORCE FOR GOOD?
With reports showing an astonishing three-quarters of employees only take a 15 minute lunch break a car dealership in America is one of the first to break the cycle and encourage (some even say, order) their employees to take a two hour lunch.
When two employees of the Chevrolet dealership had heart problems within six months of each other the dealership decided they had to “wake-up” and help their employees make changes in their lifestyles.
THE 2 HOUR LUNCH BREAK
Employees at the dealership are now encouraged to take a two-hour lunch break: one hour for eating and one hour for exercising.
From aerobic training, to brisk walks to visits to the gym and (hopefully) a bit of scooting the hour of exercise has so far, according to the director of the dealership, improved productivity and attitudes.
CAN THIS WORK IN THE UK?
Barclay’s seem to think so. Having recently installed exercise bikes in their Canary Wharf offices to offer their employees “High Octane Rides” at lunchtime they plan to improve productivity through exercise.
WHAT ELSE YOU CAN DO ON YOUR LUNCH BREAK
Stepping away from your desk and getting out in to the fresh air is a great way to reset your batteries for the afternoon.
Harvard Medical School found that 30 mins of moderate-intensity exercise, five days a week, releases a chemical called brain-derived neurotrophic factor. This boosts brain function and helps you concentrate for the rest of the working day.
Have a look at our #break4lunch maps giving you ideas on where you can go and what you can see on your lunch break >>
Could the little car dealership in American be the revolutionary light in working behaviour? Ian Roberts from Chevrolet says “We care about our employees, We want to make sure they are here for the long haul”. And with an outcome like that lets hope so.