Half of IT professionals eat lunch at their desks

Two IT professionals discussing lunch breaks

If you’re an IT professional struggling to get out of the office for lunch then you’re not alone.

Research from the Robert Walters Career Lifestyle Survey has revealed that half of IT professionals do not leave their desk for lunch, and almost half take less than half an hour for lunch.

High workloads, pressure on growing teams and the fast pace of change in the dynamic industry are all placing added delivery expectations on IT professionals and teams.

“With businesses looking to overhaul their online presence, improve cyber security measures and develop their ecommerce systems IT professionals are frequently working to tight deadlines,” said Ahsan Iqbal, Associate Director at Robert Walters.

“As a result, it is easy for an unhealthy working culture to develop where professionals do not feel able to take a much needed break,” noted Ahsan.

"This makes it easy for an unhealthy working culture to develop as professionals do not feel able to take a much needed break."

“Managers need to remain aware of the damaging impact this can have on morale and ultimately productivity, which makes it pivotal for employers to encourage staff to take much needed breaks from their desk.”

“This makes it easy for an unhealthy working culture to develop as professionals do not feel able to take a much needed break.”

Working hours

Working long hours is a key factor when dictating an IT professional’s decision to leave their job, 40% of professionals have decided to look for a new role due to long working hours. Other motivators to move jobs include a lack of career progression or a difficult boss. 

Maintaining a healthy work – life balance

Just as failing to take time away from the desk can be detrimental to the wellbeing of professionals, so can cutting lunch breaks short or forgoing them completely.

Work life balance is a key issue for many IT professionals and employers should bear this in mind when considering how to attract and retain top talent.

“While areas such as career progression and relationships with co-workers can also have a significant impact, employers who are able to offer a good work life balance can give themselves an edge over competitors when looking to attract top calibre professionals,” Ahsan added.

As the scope of IT roles increases, employers must ensure that they are conscious not to allow work-life balance to suffer. Doing so will help them to attract and retain the best professionals by developing a reputation for being an employer who values work-life balance.

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