Wednesday 20th January, 2016

Reclaim your lunchbreak

Senior Project Manager Jennifer Westmoreland talks about how we’re stepping away from our desks at lunchtime in 2016.

Jennifer Westmoreland GR book club

It’s January, it’s cold and wet and it might even be snowing.  12:30 comes around.  Do you stick your soup in the microwave and eat it at your desk over a spot of Buzzfeed and emails or do you pile on 15 layers and head out into the freezing abyss for a power walk around the block?  It’s a no-brainer isn’t it – warming soup and comfortable desk win every time.  Well actually, no.  And here at Gardiner Richardson, we’re reclaiming our lunchbreaks with a whole range of activities that don’t involve sitting at your desk staring blankly into a screen.

Starting this January, we’re getting up off our collective behinds to do things like a book club, walks (or runs, if you’re that way inclined) around the Quayside, meditation, PlayStation tournaments and much, much more.  So why do we think this is important? 

As nine to fivers, we’ve got to the stage where we have the lunch but not the break.  Thanks to technology, we’re constantly contactable and we never get to step outside of our office bubble and think about something else.  But the benefits of taking a break from your screen, from your email, from your phone, from your desk are huge.  And, however important you think you are, no one is going to miss you for an hour while you take some time to yourself.  I’m particularly looking forward to fitting in a bit more exercise, flexing a different part of my body or brain, chilling out or just having a chat to someone who I might not always chat to. 

So next time you’re peeling the wrapper back from your stale sandwich and booting up Chrome to Facebook stalk your ex, think about stepping away from the mouse and keyboard and doing something else.  You never know, you might find that you share a whole load of interests with someone who you never normally have reason to speak to, or that you’re particularly competitive and aggressive when it comes to competitive sports (ahem).  There’s nothing to lose really, is there?