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An employee who works a typical eight hour day is entitled to a 15 minute break as well as an hour for lunch, according to a survey by Lyons Tea.

An employee who works a typical eight hour day is entitled to a 15 minute break as well as an hour for lunch, according to a survey by Lyons Tea.

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An employee who works a typical eight hour day is entitled to a 15 minute break as well as an hour for lunch, according to a survey by Lyons Tea.

At lunchtime today, make a special effort to get up from your desk, and get out into the fresh (and hopefully not too rainy) air.

For it seems that not all of us are managing it. Almost one-in-five workers claim to regularly work through their lunch breaks, according to a survey.

And the study of 1,000 full and part-time Irish workers carried out by gift card company One4all also found that two-thirds of us struggle into work even when we're ill.

It also confirmed something that many no doubt suspected - women are tougher than men, as the former are more likely to pull themselves into the office when feeling unwell. Other findings in the survey included more than half of workers say they would feel more valued at work if offered health benefits.

Jock Jordan, One4all group sales director, said bosses need to look at how they are engaging and rewarding employees.

Take tips, employers.

And employees, make sure you break free from the office this lunchtime.

Irish Independent