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The “lunch bunch” isn’t a reality for most workers, a new survey from Accountemps suggests. isWhen asked how they spend their lunch hour, nearly half (49%) of professionals said they typically spend it eating alone. Yet almost as many (46%) people said they would rather have a co-worker join them for the meal.

“Even with demanding workloads, employees should try to step away from their desks during the workday,” said Bill Driscoll, a district president of Accountemps. “Sharing a meal with co-workers not only strengthens business relationships, but creates a more relaxed environment for collaboration and the exchange of ideas.”

Added Driscoll, “The simple act of taking a break – even for a few minutes – can help clear your mind and broaden your perspective, especially when facing challenging business problems.”

*** “I’m too busy to take a break,” many workers will say. “My response has always been, ‘Busy-ness never goes away, so take a break anyway! Wolfing down a sandwich at your desk doesn’t count!”

Accountemps, a Robert Half Company, is the world’s first and largest specialized temporary staffing company for accounting, finance and bookkeeping professionals. Its temporary staffing solutions match highly skilled professionals with the best companies in the world. Visit: http://www.roberthalf.com/accountemps