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.

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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.”

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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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