Whom are you having lunch with today?

Irma Kalnina

If you've read this far, then your lunch partner is your computer screen!

And you're in good company: 80% of the workforce stays indoors and at its desk during lunch. Good or not so good? Many offices have kitchens with microwaves, refrigerators, dishwashers, and automatic fancy coffee makers complete with an eating area. Nice of your employer especially if there are few cafes and restaurants nearby. Who wants to drive to a restaurant when you've only an hour to eat and run? Plus, you know the menu by heart—nothing left to chance and besides, you'd rather not spend the money. Some mega institutions and businesses even have their own cafaterias. Wait on a long queue then look for seating, tray in hand. With colleagues or by your lonesome self?

It's only to polite to share!

Tips and Thoughts

I, for one, vote for getting away from your screen. Time for relaxation has been linked with heightened productivity and can help ward off work related stress and burn-out. Networking with colleages, clients, friends rewards you with job satisfaction and social engagement. Doesn’t this sound better then having lunch with your screen?

We begin 2016 with fresh inspiration and a challenging new goal: to write Latvia’s first blog about etiquette! My goal is to write this blog in an informal way, with humour and examples from real life situations. I wish to share my experiences, observations, and opinions not only in these blog articles but also in my Facebook postings. Most of all, I want to help those who want to help themselves in getting the most out of their daily relationships with friends, family, colleagues, and clients.
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