Did you spend your lunch hour today at your desk on a critical conference call? Or maybe, you ate at your desk while furiously working on a project that was due at 1pm? If you were having a good day, maybe you ate at your desk catching up on e-mails and returning phone calls.
When was the last time you ate in the cafeteria with colleagues? Or, if you work in a small office or at home, when was the last time you went out for lunch with colleagues?
When was the last time you actually had a true unscheduled lunch break?
I may be one of a rare breed (okay, that means I’m old enough) that remembers actually eating in the cafeteria with friends and colleagues. We looked forward to it every day. It wasn’t just about food. It was a chance to get to know each other. We could catch up on who won the high school game the night before, or whose parents were coming to visit, or who was redesigning their kitchen.
I remember when we didn’t feel guilty for going out to lunch, or eating in the cafeteria. It was a chance to connect. And in doing so, we knew more about our colleagues than what their job responsibilities were. We felt like a team.
When did eating lunch become a luxury?
Is there a connection between when we stopped eating in the cafeteria and when we started to become distant and impersonal with our colleagues? What do you think?