Has WFH killed the lunch hour? | Stylist

Lunch breaks make us happier, healthier and more productive – but in the era of remote working, more people are skipping them than ever before. Christobel Hastings explores the growing trend, and how we can all get the downtime we deserve.

If you struggle to remember the last time you walked inside Pret a Manger and you’ve forgotten the term ‘hot-desking’ existed, you’re not alone.

After more than 100 days in lockdown, the coronavirus pandemic has changed the way we live and work, with 38% of the population adapting to remote working.

For many of us who have long sought greater job flexibility, the new work normal is finally within grasp: a lie-in and leisurely stroll to the sofa instead of a sweaty crush on the morning commute; facetime with our colleagues over video calls instead of watercooler chat, and, come 5.30pm, a chance to go full-Ottolenghi in the kitchen.

But despite the current obsession for baking sourdough and Scandi pastries, there’s one meal that we’ve continued to neglect: lunch. 

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