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It seems the traditional work day lunch hour is dead.

The average employee’s midday break has been cut to 29 minutes, according to a new survey.

According to the Times, even when workers do take a break for lunch, one third of them still respond to messages, with 17 per cent saying they had been criticised by their managers for not responding promptly during lunch.

35 per cent didn’t have enough time to take a full hour out of their busy schedule.

Twenty-nine per cent also said they responded more quickly to messages while working from home to avoid accusations that they were slacking off at home.

The Times also reports : “When asked how long their lunch breaks were now compared with before the pandemic, 25 per cent said they were shorter. Of those, 33 per cent said that was because their managers were more demanding.”