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The Lonesome Lunch Break: Employees Prefer Lunch with a Colleague but More Commonly Dine Solo

MENLO PARK, Calif., Aug. 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The "lunch bunch" isn't a reality for most workers, a new survey from Accountemps suggests. When asked how they spend their lunch hour, nearly half (49 percent) of accounting and finance professionals said they typically spend it eating alone. Yet almost as many (46 percent) people said they would rather have a coworker join them for the meal. 

What else are professionals craving at lunchtime? Thirty-seven percent of those interviewed said they would like to exercise on their lunch break, but only 10 percent actually do. Survey respondents more frequently run errands (33 percent), check personal email (28 percent) and surf the Internet (24 percent) during their break.

View an infographic of the survey findings.

Accounting and finance professionals were asked, "What do you typically do during your lunch break?" and "What would you like to do on your lunch break?" Their responses*:


Respondents Do

What They
Would Like to Do

Enjoy a meal by myself



Enjoy a meal with my coworkers



Run errands



Review my personal email



Peruse the Internet



Check out my social media networks



Exercise or go to the gym



Take a nap



*Multiple responses allowed.

"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 coworkers 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."

About the Research
The online survey was developed and conducted by Accountemps. It includes responses from more than 2,500 accounting and finance professionals in the United States.

About Accountemps
Accountemps, a Robert Half company, is the world's first and largest specialized staffing service for temporary accounting, finance and bookkeeping professionals. The staffing firm has more than 340 offices worldwide. More resources, including online job search services and the company's blog, can be found at


SOURCE Accountemps

For further information: Lisa Sibley, (650) 234-6246,