Over the past decade, more people have been eating at their desks and shortening their lunch times sometimes even working through lunch. Are you doing more of this? Are your co-workers?
Over the last decade, fueled by salary cuts and job insecurity, lunch hour has evolved. Its shorter, more purposeful and more often spent in the office. Its the source of lawsuits, a point of contention among generations, and a contributor to the obesity epidemic.
The shift in the midday ritual has some businesses repurposing their lunchrooms and others reshaping their policies. It has even launched a national movement called Take Back Your Lunch Hour.
For some, the move toward brown-bagging began with an effort to cut costs and show commitment. But even as the economy rebounds and summer approaches, habits arent changing for some.
But Columbia-area restaurants say they are starting to see an uptick in business after a dismal mid-day downturn over the past few years.