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2012-08-13 06:19:53 PM
I live in houston.. there are about 50 different options within 20 mins of my work depending on which way i drive.. i get an hour..if you got lunch hour problems i feel bad for you son i got 99 work problems but lunch anit one

/yay verizon wireless?
//yay houston?
 
2012-08-13 06:23:04 PM

504_King_streetcar: Oy. My late father, a man with a work ethic that would kill 10 ordinary men, worked 20 hours a day sometimes. And he always took a lunch break. He got mad when he didn't get lunch. None of this lunch at your desk nonsense either. Lunch at a proper sit down restaurant, like civilized people. What's next? Catheters under the chairs to eliminate bathroom breaks? Everyone is chained to their desk until the boss lets you go? Maybe replace offices and cubicles with cells-you sleep in one corner, work in another. Never leave, the company needs you to do your time. I'm unemployed but at least I get a lunch break when I'm looking for work, it distracts me from thinking heretical thoughts like "Maybe I should just stop wanting iPods and such and live a life of quiet contemplation instead of trying to get into something where basic bodily functions are frowned upon as unprofitable timewasters."


This.

If you're salary, and you're like me, you already work 50 hours or more a week. I'll be damned if i dont step away from my desk whenever I feel like. You sure as shiat are not getting a raise for skipping your lunch!
 
2012-08-13 07:12:01 PM
Americans were famous for wolving down their food double-quick time and getting back to work well over a century or two ago. Long before the fast-food of the 1950s and the milk bar culture of the 1940s, they invented the Diner, the lunch counter, the Lunch Wagon and the sandwich cart. I imagine that the habit was acquired by train and coach travellers, as this seems to have been the case in the UK as early as the 1840's and 1850's.

As the short order cook in the Gahan Wilson cartoon says, "For God's sake, man! Do your part and bolt the stuff down!"
 
Pud [TotalFark]
2012-08-13 08:05:28 PM

Walker: What's a lunch break? I have a 5-minute lunch at my desk and it's a miracle if I'm not interrupted during it.


You're kind of screwed ...

GIS - (for whatever that's worth) - Virginia does not require employers to provide breaks, including lunch breaks, for workers
16 years old or older. VA Dept. of Labor: Labor Law FAQs. An employer who chooses to
provide a break in excess of 20 minutes does not have to pay wages for lunch periods or
other breaks if the employee is free to leave the work-site, in fact takes their lunch or break,
and the employee does not actually perform work. According to federal law, breaks 20
minutes or shorter typically must be paid.

/And that's where I originally hail from. Damned, I,m glad I ran like hell from there a long time ago.
 
2012-08-13 09:25:31 PM

redmid17: Great Janitor: thomps: why is eating lunch at one's desk being cast as a bad thing? how does sitting in a lunch room or fast food restaurant somehow add more value to one's life?

My last job was an office desk job. We could leave for lunch, eat at our desks or eat in the cafeteria. I found that if I ate at my desk, people would come up to me and ask me work questions or to get them something or forward an email. One coworker would biatch at me if I ate at my desk and my phone would ring and I wouldn't answer it because I was off the clock. She had the same complaint about me not answering emails while on lunch. I found that if I was at lunch at my desk, people would yell at me for not working. If I was in the cafeteria, no one could biatch.

Why does a janitor have a desk?


An "office desk job" is custodial jargon for a job where you work in an office washing desks.
 
2012-08-13 10:17:58 PM
Days? I thought I was pushing it with the 90 minutes I take.

Bravo, subby.
 
2012-08-13 11:02:54 PM
When I used to manageda restaurant (not gonna name names *cough* CICIS PIZZA *cough*) some time back, I used to get to work at 9am and work until 11pm at night. From 11am to 10pm, not only was I not allowed a break, but I also wasn't even allowed to sit down unless counting money or using the computer to do inventory/truck orders (and that was 10-15 minutes max, usually during the end of the night/beginning of the day).

I did this four days a week. Talk about burnout. I remember working 3 and 4 day stretches and to this day, I have no idea how I survived it...
 
2012-08-13 11:17:31 PM
I take a lunch hour almost every day. Unless an emergency comes up that ties me down where I can't leave my desk. (Yea, IT work sucks sometimes). I may get bugged briefly about problems while I'm at lunch. But most of the time I'm taking the full time.
 
2012-08-13 11:53:19 PM
My lunch hours get filled by meetings 3-4 times a week. The other days I can find 30 minutes to go get a sandwich somewhere. Fridays are usually good for a nice long lunch away from the office, which I take advantage of every time I can.
 
2012-08-14 04:28:06 AM
I'm a field engineer with our dispatch group in Bangalore. I take "lunch" (meaning: I eat during working hours) maybe once a week. Might have something to do with being sent on several calls per day that are each no less than 50 miles apart. As if they were right down the block from each other... ;)
 
2012-08-14 05:30:02 AM
Eat at my desk? That's disgusting, I have sex there.
 
2012-08-14 09:47:41 AM
We have to bill 50 hours a week. We can take a lunch but then we have to make up the time somewhere else. The corporate culture is also such that if you started taking a lunch every day, there would be dirty looks and gossip and people would start taking a closer look at your time sheets (they're online and anyone can see each others). It sucks. My old company you got an hour for lunch and they had a cafeteria. Food sucked but just getting away from your desk for an hour a day was a necessary and welcome diversion. But this company pays more so you take the good with the bad I guess.
 
2012-08-14 10:29:26 AM
 
2012-08-14 01:53:59 PM
Well, first it was "that's the only time everyone is available for a meeting" and they'd make it up to us by bringing in food.

Then "there's no $$$ in the budget for lunch, but you can bring yours and have it at the meeting".

Then "well, some people were upset that others were eating during the meeting, so no more food".
 
2012-08-14 05:04:10 PM

mat catastrophe: We don't just need lunch breaks. We need to rethink the entire concept of the time spent at work.


OK, you tell me how I'm supposed to meet a deadline that was just shortened from 7 weeks down to 6 to produce an entire set of construction documents for a major grocery store remodel? I'm talking 100,000 square feet being completely redone. The entire team works 40 hours weeks. That's all. We have families, duties, etc. Some are salary, some are hourly. We can do it with 40 hour weeks. 30 hour weeks and we're out of a job. The guy willing to work 40-50 hours a week will get the contract, the money, the food to feed his family.
 
2012-08-14 08:21:48 PM

Smeggy Smurf: OK, you tell me how I'm supposed to meet a deadline that was just shortened from 7 weeks down to 6 to produce an entire set of construction documents for a major grocery store remodel? I'm talking 100,000 square feet being completely redone. The entire team works 40 hours weeks. That's all. We have families, duties, etc. Some are salary, some are hourly. We can do it with 40 hour weeks. 30 hour weeks and we're out of a job. The guy willing to work 40-50 hours a week will get the contract, the money, the food to feed his family.


Then guy why not be the guy willing to work 50-60 hours a week to get the edge?

The race to the bottom is not a race you want to win.
We really do need a national discussion on what "work" actually gets done in an eight hour day. Even retail and food service workers have downtime, they're just generally not allowed to go anywhere or do anything.
 
2012-08-14 10:16:07 PM
I get a half hour, and I always take it (away from my desk). I just go down to the break room with a group of coworkers. I really hate it when people work through their lunch; in my line of work, there's nothing that can't wait 30 minutes. It gives you a bit of time to breathe, and maybe shoot the shiat about the weekend or football or whatever. A lot of times there's shop talk too, but hey, sometimes you just need a chance to vent. Besides, if enough people work through their lunch on a regular basis, management is going to start expecting it.
 
2012-08-15 01:30:39 AM
I'd seriously consider a 20% pay cut if it meant I got a three-day weekend every week.

If my company did that for me and four of my colleagues, then they could hire another person for the team, and I bet we'd still come out ahead on productivity and job satisfaction... while also reducing unemployment and the economic problems resulting from it.
 
2012-08-15 09:48:22 AM
I always feel like articles like this are ghost writing by mcdonalds or some other national fast food or lunch restaurant.
 
2012-08-15 10:12:42 AM

Sergeant Grumbles: Smeggy Smurf: OK, you tell me how I'm supposed to meet a deadline that was just shortened from 7 weeks down to 6 to produce an entire set of construction documents for a major grocery store remodel? I'm talking 100,000 square feet being completely redone. The entire team works 40 hours weeks. That's all. We have families, duties, etc. Some are salary, some are hourly. We can do it with 40 hour weeks. 30 hour weeks and we're out of a job. The guy willing to work 40-50 hours a week will get the contract, the money, the food to feed his family.

Then guy why not be the guy willing to work 50-60 hours a week to get the edge?

The race to the bottom is not a race you want to win.
We really do need a national discussion on what "work" actually gets done in an eight hour day. Even retail and food service workers have downtime, they're just generally not allowed to go anywhere or do anything.


In my field you burn out too quick at much more than 40 hours a week. The guy working 50-60 winds up making too many easily preventable mistakes. In 30 hours you cannot get the work done. Yet here I am on Fark. I'd be working instead of slacking the past few days except we're waiting to get the contract signed and fee proposal approved so we can haul ass on the next project.
 
2012-08-16 11:12:19 PM
We eat in a build room. 50" TV and movies in the blu-ray. We have a doorbell that is ignored. Takes a few days to watch a movie but whatever.

Hourly. State says we must take a break within five hours of start for a half hour. We generally push it to close to an hour. No one says a word.

Pretty loose shop all day but the work gets done. That is all management cares about. Some days as not so loose. It all works out in the end. 

/usually me and three chicks
/I like my job
 
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