Half of HR professionals eat lunch at their desks

female professional having lunch at desk

If you consistently find yourself eating lunch at your desk, you are not alone. 

The Robert Walters Career Lifestyle Survey has revealed that 53% of HR professionals eat lunch at their desks, with one third of respondents not leaving their desks during their lunch break altogether.

In addition, the research found that just 32% of respondents leave their offices during their break and 16% stayed in the office but left their desks.

“It is becoming common for HR professionals to forgo their scheduled breaks in order to ensure projects meet their deadlines,” commented Nick Allwood, Manager for HR recruitment at Robert Walters.

"While there will always be occasions where specific projects require staff to put in extra hours, employers should take steps to ensure that this does not become the norm."

Working hours

In the last few years, the duties of HR professionals have broadened with many expected to provide strategic direction to the business as well as balancing this with their core responsibilities.

The heavy workload, as suggested above, can mean that HR professionals are struggling to balance these additional tasks with their everyday duties.

This is potentially a cause of concern for employers as HR professionals increasingly rank work-life balance as a top priority in their career. Therefore employers should consider how they can prevent a culture of routinely working outside contracted hours from developing.

"While there will always be occasions where specific projects require staff to put in extra hours, employers should take steps to ensure that this does not become the norm."

Working long hours will motivate almost two thirds of HR professionals to consider a new job. 63% of those said that a company culture where long working hours were expected would be one of the main reasons they would consider searching for a new employer.

Work life balance

As the scope of HR roles increases, employers must ensure that they are do not to allow work-life balance to suffer.

"While career progression is also aprominent concern for many HR professionals, the importance of work life balance should not be underestimated," added Nick Allwood.

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