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Supervisors, Take Your Lunch Break!

Updated on September 4, 2012
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Christine McDade is a Human Resources professional (PHR & SHRM-CP) with over 18 years in the public sector.

A stroll downtown.

A quick stroll downtown can be therapeutic to the mind.
A quick stroll downtown can be therapeutic to the mind. | Source

Step Away from the Desk!

The advice supervisors give employees should be advice they take for themselves. Supervisors need to practice what they preach. Step away from the busy world of work by taking your lunch break every day your schedule allows it. You will return to your desk, refreshed and motivated, to tackle and complete that project. There are many worthwhile options for getting away.

1. Take a walk. Not only is it good for your health, it will provide you some fresh air and sunshine to recharge your batteries. A scenic walk through a nearby park or a stroll downtown to window shop could provide the much needed break your psyche needs. If the weather is cool, the lower temperatures might give you a needed boost as well. Employees will notice that your mood has improved and that you seem to portray a better outlook for the rest of the day. The more positive you are as the supervisor, the more positive your staff will be as they feed off of your mood and direction.

2. Leave the work site. Have lunch with a friend outside of the workplace. Call that special friend who can meet you for a bite to eat. Having lunch with a coworker means you will likely just talk "shop" and you will not get the same break you need and deserve. Again, a change of scenery and a chance to catch up with an old friend might be the medicine you need.

3. Exercise. Go to a gym and get 30 - 35 minutes of cardio exercise. It might sound strange to rush to the gym on your lunch hour but I guarantee it will help you get out some of the stress you have been experiencing that work day. A quick workout, a shower, and a better frame of mind will help you get through the rest of your day. If you have the access to workout facilities, I recommend you try to fit in a quick workout midday, whenever possible.

4. Take a cat nap. For some people, a short nap during a lunch break can be a really energizing experience.

5. Read a book that is not related to work. Choose a book or magazine with a subject so far removed from the business at hand that you truly find a sort of escape through its content. A book that holds your interest can transport you to another place and time. Such a diversion of your attention can be a wonderful break from a difficult situation at work.

Closing Words of Wisdom

Stop being a martyr! Everyone needs a break from time to time, including supervisors and leaders of a team. As exempt employees, we often find ourselves wrapped up in a project that has us working evenings and weekends to finish. Stepping away for a short period of time from the office will not be the end of the world. Rather, it is a chance to clear our head and have a fresh perspective on the challenges that we face daily. As a supervisor, we advise our employees to take breaks and have lunch for much of the same reasons. As the leader of our group, we need to take care of ourselves so that we can lead our team through the challenges of the day.


Take a walk to recharge your batteries.

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