National Take Back the Lunch Break Day - Third Friday in June


On the third Friday in June, North American workers are encouraged to take back their lunch breaks.

Why? Because there’s been an increasing trend to take less frequent and shorter lunch breaks, affecting employee morale and well-being.  According to Gallup, only one in three employees are engaged at work. Because engagement affects productivity, happiness and job satisfaction, it is time employees and employers across North America stepped up to the plate – the lunch plate that is!

According to a 2017 study commissioned by Tork, an Essity brand, employees who take lunch breaks are more likely to report being efficient at work and satisfied with their jobs. The survey reveals that nearly 90 percent of employees consider the ability to take a lunch break critical when accepting a new job. However, once they are on the job, the average lunch break is less than 30 minutes for more than half of North American workers – barely enough time to purchase a meal, let alone enjoy it.

That is why Tork created National Take Back the Lunch Break Day -to help improve workplace morale, satisfaction, and productivity across North America.


Break the cycle of skipping lunch or eating in front of a computer. Get away from your desk and enjoy some fresh air, a real lunch, and some social interaction. Use #takebacklunch to share your lunch break experience on social media.


National Take Back the Lunch Break Day was created by Tork in 2018 to counter the decline of the employee lunch break in today’s 24/7 work culture.  According to research conducted by Tork, employees who take a lunch break score higher on a wide range of engagement metrics, including job satisfaction and productivity.  The Tork Take Back the Lunch Break idea is simple: with more workers taking their lunch break, we can improve workplaces and worker happiness!

The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Take Back the Lunch Break Day to be observed annually on the third Friday in June beginning in 2018.

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