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Keep Lunch Interesting

21st Jun 2011
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I'm a big fan of lunch at work. It's a great excuse to take a break and get to know folk a little better. I worry about how much the humble yet important lunch break gets overlooked these days, indeede I'd go so far as to say the lack of lunch breaks is a reason why companies are dying.

So I was pleased to hear about a simple, enjoyable initiative called Keep Lunch Interesting being spearheaded by an HR team. What is it? In the words of Adam, the promoter, "What is KLI? It is the light at the end of a boring lunch tunnel, it is the people of the HR team saying enough, enough of the boring homemade salads and local takeaways. There is more to lunch if you are prepared to order in advance and broaden your culinary mastication routine." Love it!

Once a week a different option is on offer and all you have to do is check the menu, place your order by 10am then Adam phones it through and goes to collect. Simples! Last week's choice was provided by an excellent Vietnamese restaurant, this week it's a random selection from the local market and sometimes folks are encouraged to make something at home and bring it in to share.

Importantly - this cool idea is encouraged, there is no pressure to take part. The invitation closes with "If you don’t want or like the KLI choice, you don’t need to take part there is no pressure. Variety is the spice of life".

I agree - what a great idea! 

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By alisonrbcm
22nd Jun 2011 15:36

Having learnt the hard way the impact of skipping meals then I couldn't agree more enthusiatically in any idea that gets people engaged in eating at lunch time. There was an article earlier in the year quoting some BUPA research that suggested the UK businesses lose £50m a day due to reduced productivity from skipping lunch.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/8405677/Skipping-lunch-break-costs-business-50m-a-day.html

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By Doug Shaw
22nd Jun 2011 16:09

...thanks for your comment. I often wonder if some of us live in a world of illusion. There is overwhelming evidence that taking lunch andother breaks is good for you - yet the race to be the busiest on the block persists eh? Fear does horrible things to people.

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By alisonrbcm
22nd Jun 2011 16:30

A friend and collague just tweeted to say he'd gone from 6.30-14.00 without being offered something to drink or a break for lunch! My blood sugar wouldn't let me go that long any more. I know however I do find it difficult to just pull something to eat out my bag ih meetings mid morning or if lunch is going to be later even though if I soldier on my brain will stop working!

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By Doug Shaw
23rd Jun 2011 14:17

Hi Alison - Wouldn't work for me either, I'd be crumpled in a heap going that long without some kind of sustenance.

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