Many Denver businesspeople dine at their desks

July 05, 2012

The Denver Post

Though many companies prefer employees take a lunch break — for the sake of worker productivity, health and workplace appearance — desktop dining is common in U.S. workplaces. A recent study found that 62 percent of people with desk jobs said they usually ate lunch in the company of their computer, phone and co-workers. The most common reason was to save time and money, according to the 2011 study by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and Conagra Foods.

Even so, Americans clearly are striving to keep their jobs and get more done in less time, said Cynthia Fukami, management professor at the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business. “We have become a nation of multitaskers; we are all multitasking all the time,” said Fukami, who frequently eats at her desk. “It may look like you’re getting more done, but eventually workers burn out, so breaks are good.”