Discussing with colleagues where to enjoy lunch is the highlight of the day for many office workers. Although most have to endure the pain of waiting in a long queue to be seated for lunch, most consider it worthwhile, because it is the only time of day employees are able to take a break away from the office.
Hong Kong has the longest working hours on earth at 50 hours a week, making this one-hour break away from the office a precious moment for many.
But for some workers this one-hour break is a luxury they cannot afford. In a recent blog post on Hong Kong Discussion Group, a netizen asked for advice on how to survive a 30-minute lunch break. The post received a huge number of responses from workers, who shared the “pathetic” ways of workers stuffing their faces.
Order take-out to be delivered to the office. Although smart employees should never have lunch at their desks, this can be a viable solution when one is short on time to eat. This sounds like a pretty decent option, until one runs out of restaurants to order from – not to mention the harm caused to the environment by all the packaging materials.
Eating cold food like a salad or a sandwich definitely helps to save time since it does not require re-heating and the worker is able to take a bite whenever he or she has a second. This is what most prisoners of the office do, since there is no way they are able to leave their desks.
Gobble up everything in one go and wash it down with water or a drink. This is the most extreme measure, and most people’s stomach will give up on them really soon.
There is also option number four – quit the job. Many readers of the post think a job with only a 30-minute lunch break is a nightmare and one should quit.
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