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A new OfficeTeam survey reveals that for Nova Scotians and other Atlantic Canadians, it's more about the internet, socializing and business than it is the culinary.

Surf, work and mingle: Top lunchtime activities

(Originally published in the Feb. 2014 issue of the Nova Scotia Business Journal)

What are you up to on your lunch break? A new OfficeTeam survey reveals that for Nova Scotians and other Atlantic Canadians, it's more about the internet, socializing and business than it is the culinary.

About 52 per cent of respondents reported that, aside from eating, they spend their lunch time surfing the web or on social media, while others revealed they socialize with co-workers (42 per cent) or work (28 per cent) during their lunch break. Nearly half (43 per cent) of workers polled said their typical lunch break lasts between 31 to 60 minutes.

Here are five tips for making the most of your lunch break:

1) Take a real break. As much as possible, avoid doing work during this period so you can truly relax and recharge.

2) Bon appétit! Getting the proper nutrients will provide the energy you need to get through the rest of the day. Go ahead and take the time to savour good food.

3) Get out. Step away from your desk to clear your mind and stretch your body. Take a walk outside or exercise at the gym.

4) Don't eat alone. Join coworkers in the break room or grab a bite with others outside the office. Your lunch break is a great opportunity to socialize with colleagues and get to know them better as well as make new networking connections.

5) Check items off your list. Taking care of personal tasks during lunch can mean there's less to worry about after work.

Organizations: Nova Scotia Business Journal, OfficeTeam

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