Fast Company spoke with Bob Posen, a productivity expert and author of "Extreme Productivity: Boost Your Results, Reduce Your Hours" to discover how this seeming time-saving move can actually cost companies down the line.
"If you start with the notion that having a quick sandwich at your desk is productive in the sense that it takes less time, that's true," Posen says. "But we don't want a hard and fast rule -- we want a functional rule."
The best way to develop a functional rule for your lunch-time plans is to ask yourself what you get out of eating at your desk. At best, probably a few more minutes of tap-tap-tapping away at your keyboard, for which there might well be a hefty price tag later in the afternoon, when you're tired and ragged out from spending your whole day staring at a screen.
Posen suggest asking yourself if you'd be better off taking a few minutes alone, to recharge, or to with colleagues, to connect, instead of isolating yourself in your cubicle all afternoon. Alternately, a trip to the gym or a quick nap (if you can swing it) might be more energizing than isolation, leading you to actually produce more -- and be way happier about it.
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