NATIONAL MAKE LUNCH COUNT DAY
On April 13th, we have an opportunity to break a trend that has been occurring around the country by joining National Make Lunch Count Day.
According to a recent study commissioned by TGI Fridays, the majority of U.S. workers suffer from “FOLO” – otherwise known as a “Fear of Lunching Out.” Many workers eat lunch at their desk at least twice a week (73%) while one-third have lunch at their desk every day of the week. Don’t fear lunching out any longer!
Taking a break from the workday improves productivity. That includes taking a lunch break. Leaving the office or even your desk for 20-30 minutes to refuel also reinvigorates your creative juices. Our brains and bodies need the daily break. When you return, you’ll be refreshed and ready for new ideas and approaches to whatever your job throws your way.
The observance is here to remedy FOLO and help American workers increase their creativity and productivity.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalMakeLunchCountDay
- Break the cycle of FOLO. Get away from your desk.
- Join your co-workers and enjoy a real lunch with stimulating conversation.
- Share your favorite ways to make lunch count and promote them with your peers.
- Don’t just do it today, do it every day! Use #NationalMakeLunchCount to share on social media.
NATIONAL MAKE LUNCH COUNT DAY HISTORY
TGI Fridays founded National Make Lunch Count Day in 2016 to remind American workers to get away from their desks for lunch.
The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the day to be observed on April 13th, annually.
Q. What are some great ways to break the ice over lunch?
A. Getting to know your co-workers can be awkward sometimes. Great conversation starters include:
- What was the best movie you watched last year?
- What skill do you wish you had but don’t?
- If you could travel anywhere in the world right this moment, where would it be?
- Everyone has at least one talent. What’s yours?
Q. What can I eat to keep from feeling bogged down when I return to my desk?
A. Include fresh vegetables and lean proteins with your lunch. Restaurant portions tend to be oversized, so divide your plate in half and take the rest home for supper. Finally, drink water or tea instead of carbonated beverages.