Half of procurement professionals eat lunch at their desks

procurement professional in office desk lunching

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

The Robert Walters Career Lifestyle Survey has revealed that 55% of procurement and supply chain professionals eat lunch at their desks with just 29% of respondents leaving the office for lunch. 

With high demand for procurement and supply chain professionals, many specialists in this area are struggling to adapt to the growing pressure on their time, with work-life balance at risk of being sacrificed. 

“Employers are increasingly looking to professionals in these functions to take an active role in delivering efficiencies as well as providing strategic insight to help shape wider business decisions,” said Neil Morgan, Associate Director for procurement recruitment at Robert Walters.

“It then becomes challenging for many to complete their required duties in their usual hours, with lunch breaks being one of the first things to be sacrificed."

It is important for both employers and employees to understand the importance of taking a break, as well as the repercussions that may arise if someone is consistently skipping their lunch break. 

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

Delivering efficiencies

The importance of procurement and supply chain functions within companies has seen significant growth within the past few years. 

“As the scope of their role grows, procurement and supply chain professionals are under increasing pressure to meet tight deadlines."

 “As the scope of their role grows, procurement and supply chain professionals are under increasing pressure to meet tight deadlines,” said Neil.

“It then becomes challenging for many to complete their required duties in their usual hours, with lunch breaks being one of the first things to be sacrificed,” Neil Morgan continues.

Work life balance

The study also revealed that a company culture which insisted on working long hours was the biggest factor likely to drive procurement and supply chain professionals to move roles.

With work life balance a growing priority for supply chain and procurement professionals, employers need to be aware if a culture of people working beyond their contracted hours is developing in their organisation.

“Staff morale and productivity can easily suffer if this becomes the case, and businesses ultimately run the risk of losing top calibre people to rival employers who can offer a better work life balance," said Neil.

As the scope of procurement 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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