If you spend every workday eating a sad-looking salad at your desk while still staring at your screen, you’re not alone — along with the death of the 9-to-5 job, the lunch break has vanished from many employees’ work schedules. According to a 2011 surveyby human resources consulting firm Right Management, only one in three American workers take a lunch break — leaving 65 percent of employees either eat at their desks or not eat at all.
But your lunch habits can make a big difference in your work life, according to aGerman study recently published in the journal PLOS ONE. Researchers at Humboldt University in Berlin explored the psychological consequences of meal situations, looking at how lunchtime eating circumstances affected thinking and emotional states. Leaving your desk for lunch isn’t just a relaxing way to break up the day. Although a long off-site lunch might seem like a productivity-killer, it could actually help you get more done, Fast Company reported.