How Do You Typically Spend Your Lunch Break?

Whether it’s for 30 minutes or an hour, do you catch up on bills, take a walk or grab at bit to eat at a nearby restaurant? Cast your vote on how you spend your lunch break most of the time. Feel free to share a photo of your lunch.

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Bonnie C November 8, 2013 at 9:55 am

I used to insist on getting away from my desk and having a real break from the daily grind. This was especially important when my children were small and it seemed there wasn't much "me" time otherwise.

However, I've found that in the past few years I tend to go get lunch and then eat at my desk. I started doing this because data transfer or other duties needed some "supervision" to ensure the task completed (data transfer sometimes is interrupted and has to be re-started - if I'm not at my desk, I may not realize the transfer has been interrupted which significantly delays the process). This is a bad habit, and I think I should make a more conscious effort to get away from my desk for a little while each day.

We're allowed a full hour for lunch, and no one monitors how we spend this time (or even what time during the work day we take the break), so sometimes I take my break very late in the day. This isn't good because I can't visit with other staff who take their break in a more consistent manner.

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Pamela Paulk October 9, 2013 at 8:45 am

I am glad to see so many of you getting out and getting some sun. Did you know research from the Mayo Clinic shows that employees generally need to detach from their work and their work space to recharge their internal resources? Options include walking, reading a book in another room or taking the all-important lunch break, which provides both nutritional and cognitive recharging. Mental concentration is similar to a muscle, says John P. Trougakos, an assistant management professor at the University of Toronto Scarborough and the Rotman School of Management. It becomes fatigued after sustained use and needs a rest period before it can recover, he explains — much as a weight lifter needs rest before doing a second round of repetitions at the gym.

It is important to take a break. I am concerned that so many of you are working through your lunch periods. Remember, if you are a non-exempt employee you should not miss your lunch period and accrue overtime without the prior approval of your supervisor. Eight hours is a long time to work without a break.

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rosemary October 8, 2013 at 7:34 am

Wish I do take a break or lunch especially since I am not paid for that time. With no relief, myself and my coworkers have no choice but to work through. Care of our patients in the NCCU is our primary concern.

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Jennifer Remillard-HR October 9, 2013 at 3:18 pm

Thank you for bringing this concern to us. While the standard at EBMC is ½ hour lunch; in some circumstance accommodations for longer lunch hours can be made. We encourage you to contact you supervisor to discuss any unique needs. Our goal is for employees to have time to step away from their spaces to regroup and re-energize and we understand how important this is.

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TK October 7, 2013 at 12:02 pm

I'M AT (EBMC) we are only allowed 30 mins which is not enough time to even walk and unwind. I eat for 20 mins in my car and punch back in 25mins to avoid coming back late for an occurance. I do not enjoy my lunch break.

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Jennifer October 7, 2013 at 10:01 am

At the Eastern Location there is a wonderful track that we all can enjoy. It is important to get outside, unwind and exercise when you can.

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aviva October 7, 2013 at 9:43 am

Pumping! Johns Hopkins has a great breastfeeding program with multiple pumps and mothers rooms on every campus. Thanks to Work Life and Engagement and Meg Stoltzfus!

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polly October 7, 2013 at 9:41 am

i would like to work my lunch hr and leave hr early because i -95 trafic so bad.

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Jennifer October 7, 2013 at 3:05 pm

It is important for all of us to get away from our desks or stations for a little while each day to regroup and re-energize, or take a few minutes to take care of personal business,etc..

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MJ October 7, 2013 at 9:39 am

Knitting, crocheting, reading

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Elizabeth Rodriguez October 7, 2013 at 9:39 am

Although most of the time I work through lunch, I sometimes walk around or grab something to eat at one of the many restaurants in the area (I work on Fells Point). Often I read for 30 minutes just to unwind for a while.

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Linda October 7, 2013 at 9:38 am

The Peterson Pavilion is a great place to have a salad and conversation. It's great to get out of the building for somes "rays" and "fresh air".

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Anthony Keyes October 7, 2013 at 9:14 am

Although I mostly work through lunch sitting at my desk you can't fall in a rut so when the occasional opportunity to have lunch with a co-worker or a short walk to Greektown (work at Bayview) comes up I try to grab it. The prior comment about soaking up the sun is very important. Those of us with no windows need to get some sun.

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LINDA ILOBA October 7, 2013 at 8:33 am

I used to work at my desk for many years in the basement of the hospital building......until I discovered my body was Vitamin D deficient. That was a wake up call for me. And now I eat on the cafeteria patio and soak up a bit of sun for a few minutes.

Besides the sun has the unique ability to energize and re-invigorate me for the rest of the day.....now I am loving my lunch break and my body loves it too.

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Joanne October 7, 2013 at 8:17 am

I spend my lunch hour going to the gym!

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