30 Minute Lunch Break

So, what’s the deal with taking a 30 minute lunch break. I know that in the USA, lunch breaks are unpaid and if you take a 30 minute lunch, it allows a person to leave work 30 minutes earlier, but is it worth it?.

There are some semi enlightened employers who allow their employees to make their own choice on the length of lunch break that suits them, the choice is generally 30 minutes or one hour and the choice is strictly an individual option that only applies to that particular employee. I have worked in places that only have the 30 minute lunch option, only the one hour option and others that allow the employee to make an individual choice. When given a choice, I have always gone for the one hour lunch break because it allows me to get out of the work environment and eat at a relaxed pace. I have always felt more energetic and productive after a one hour lunch break. The 30 minute break annoys me, I feel rushed, the food has to be shoved down my throat as fast as I can shove it down. I feel that the 30 minute lunch break makes me less productive.

It definitely seems that it is a personal choice. Some people seem to do very well with only 30 minutes for lunch and others despise it because it is too short. This only applies to employees (wage slaves) of course. Self employed people do what ever they like regarding lunch and vary their lunch break day to day depending on how much work they have to complete and what they feel like on any given day.

The lunch break length has been studied and results indicate that a one hour break allows employees to be more productive in the afternoon. The break length also seems to be a very personal choice. My work experience began in Europe in the late 70’s. At that time, I always received an hour for lunch, and that hour was paid. I have talked with older Americans who said that they received hour long paid lunch breaks in the 50’s 60’s and early 70’s, so I suppose this current lunch break thing is a sign of the times, lack of any respect for employees.

I don’t care if I don’t get paid for lunch breaks but I prefer my hour. The best solution seems to be that the employer should offer each individual the choice of lunch break length, as it is unpaid.

I have noticed that in the last 30 years, there seems to be a desire by employers to move back to a Victorian era employment situation,  where they can have employees work for 15 hours a day with a 10 minutes (unpaid) lunch break. This isn’t surprising, as unions have been severely weakened and most are generally corrupt enough to accept “donations” from the people who employ their members.

What is the real solution? Do our best to employ ourselves, even though governments do their very best to make this almost impossible with their red tape and coronavirus restrictions ( that they seem to want to make permanent) that impact small businesses hardest.