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Most Americans skip lunch or eat at their desks

As bosses pile more and more work on fewer and fewer employees, Americans find they can’t catch a break — even for lunch.

Right Management consultants found 65% of Americans either don’t take a lunch break or they eat at their desks. Not a good idea, according to environmental microbiologist Dr. Charles Gerba of the University of Arizona.

“You can actually find 400% more bacteria on an average desktop than you can a toilet seat in an office,” said Gerba.

Vlogger Anastasia Forrestal admitted on YouTube, “When I’m eating macaroni salad at my desk, if one piece falls on my desk, I pick it up and I mix it in, so I won’t know which one fell.”

Maybe that will make up for 400% more germs than on a toilet seat!!

Experts say the pluses to going out for lunch include reduced stress, greater productivity when you get back to the office and eating healthier when you focus on eating rather than chowing down between keystrokes.

Plus, it may keep you from getting axed like Chicago woman Sharon Smiley. She was fired two years ago for clocking out for lunch and then continuing to work. Her company refused to pay her unemployment due to her “misconduct” — working for free to finish her assignments. Smiley sued and, after two years, got the unemployment money the court said she deserved.

What’s the lesson here? If your boss wants to fire you, he will. So take a break once in a while — eat, relax … you’ll live longer.

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This entry was posted on April 17, 2012 by in NewsFix Now.
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