Coming from retail, where I have stood and watched the clock count down the last 30 seconds of my break before returning to work, this phenomenon is utterly bizzare.
TAKE YOUR BREAKS
Even though- let’s call her Janet- will tut and say “nice for some” because she “doesn’t have the time”. Janet doesn’t take lunch breaks but works the same amount of hours as though she had, so she works half an hour FOR FREE everyday. Janet will call in sick over the slightest sniffle, schedules doctors appointments during working hours, leaveS early at the drop of a hat but you’re the slacker because you take your 30 minute break.
Where does this culture come from? It’s the same as coming in early, regardless of whether you instantly start working or piss around for twenty minutes, it somehow magically earns you respect. It’s a ridiculous, out-dated badge of honour, that the Janets of the world lord over everyone else.
Why does becoming strung out, tired and unfocused by the afternoon make you a hard worker? It’s not just that but, in an office job, you’re sat down in front of a computer screen for 8 hours, you need this break. More over you’re legally entitled to this break.
TAKE YOUR BLOODY BREAKS. TAKE THEM WHEN IT’S BUSY. TAKE THEM WHEN ITS STRESFULL. TAKE THEM WHEN IT’S A SLOW DAY.