1 in 3 office workers eat lunch at their desk
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More than one in three office workers eat lunch at their desk because of pressure from their employers, a new study has revealed.
In a British survey, 10 percent claimed their employer expected them to be in the office at all times - even for meals, the Telegraph reported.
A third of the 2,000 workers polled by Alpro, said that they now eat one meal at their desk a day, while one in 30 claimed that their job would be at risk if they didn't eat lunch in front of their computer.
Employers in London, Birmingham, Southampton and Glasgow appear to be the most demanding, with more than 10 percent of workers in those cities citing that they would draw attention to themselves by going out for lunch.
But it is not only lunchtime sandwiches which are being consumed in the workplace – colleagues are increasingly eating breakfast at work with a quarter of employees now having the first meal of the day during work hours.
Not all workers are complaining about missing out on a home cooked breakfast, as 60 percent of workplace breakfast eaters said eating at their desk gave them more time in bed in the morning, while one in 10 said it effectively meant they started work later.
Cereal and porridge were the most popular workplace breakfast choices but, despite the change of setting, the hearty breakfast has not been lost with one in 20 polled claiming to occasionally manage to eat a fry-up at their desk.