Tuesday 27 September 2016

Are you guilty? Over 50% of Irish office workers eat lunch at their desk

Published 05/06/2015 | 07:29

Messy colleagues and noisy eaters drive British office workers to distraction, a survey found
Messy colleagues and noisy eaters drive British office workers to distraction, a survey found

Between looming deadlines, targets and pressure to perform, recent research has revealed that over half of the Irish workforce are guilty of eating while working at their desk.

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A new consumer study has looked at Irish workers' lunchtime habits and behaviour.

The research also revealed that eating with open mouths and sloppy eating are the top two most annoying things about eating with colleagues at lunchtime.

Loud chewing, eating smelly food and licking knives respectively also got on the nerves of workers.

Office worker
Office worker

With just over half of office workers eating their lunches at their desks and less than one quarter eating their lunches at social seating somewhere within the office, it would seem that we are either very busy bees or three quarters of us prefer to not eat with our colleagues because of their bad habits.

See more: Six ways to stay healthy in an office environment

150 office workers took part in the survey, and 36 percent admitted that they often think about the number of calories which they consume on a daily basis.

On a lighter note, those surveyed weighed in on the age old question - would you kick someone out of bed for eating crisps?

Some 54 percent of people said they would not kick their other half out of bed for eating crisps - which means we are a good looking nation or we just love our potato chips!

The study was carried out by Californian brand popchips to celebrate their one year anniversary in Ireland: the lighter way to enjoy office snacking.

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