Salvaging the Benefits of the Disappearing Lunch Break

November 1, 2017 - 2 minutes read

There’s more at stake with the death of the American lunch break than the loss of one more traditional job perk. According to a 2015 study lead by Cornell University’s Kevin M. Kniffin, unstructured cooperative activities—especially lunching together—may be vital to building group cohesion and creating an environment conducive to productive workplace relationships.


As Kniffin and his team wrote in 2015: “This area of investigation carries significant potential as a mechanism to increase work-group performance within organizations by leveraging natural needs … [O]ur study highlights how the relatively intimate act of coworkers eating with each other is positively correlated with enhanced team performance.”

Kniffin added in a separate statement: “Eating together is a more intimate act than looking over an Excel spreadsheet together. That intimacy spills back over into work.  From an evolutionary anthropology perspective, eating together has a long, primal tradition as a kind of social glue. That seems to continue in today’s workplaces.”


This is one of the major issues that motivates Jake Wisner, Managing Director at HotLogic. “We have a mission to go and change lives for the better.  Most people spend at least a third of their life at work. And not everyone loves every minute of their job. If we can improve their days just a little—make their lunch break smoother, their work more productive—then we’ve done good.”

One of Haven Innovation’s top products is the line of Hot Logic 8 Ovens. These use patented SmartShelf technology to gradually heat and safely hold individual meals ready-to-eat. Workers place their lunch—be it last nights leftovers, a home-cooked meal-prepped dish from mom, frozen dinners from a grocery store or those trusty Hot Pockets—on a SmartShelf when they arrive at work, and by lunch it is ready to eat: No hot spots, cold spots, or burnt edges. Most importantly, for someone who’s worked hard all morning and only has 20 minutes for lunch, no waiting for the microwave: Grab your meal, sit down with your coworkers, and relax.



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