Some 29% of supply chain and procurement professionals took less than 15 minutes for lunch
Some 29% of supply chain and procurement professionals took less than 15 minutes for lunch

55% of buyers eat lunch al desko

More than half of supply chain and procurement professionals eat lunch at their desks while only 29% get to leave the office completely, a survey has found.

The Robert Walters Career Lifestyle Survey revealed 55% of UK procurement and supply chain professionals do not leave their desk for lunch.

Some 707 professionals took part in the survey, which found three quarters (74%) took 30 minutes or less for lunch and 29% took 15 minutes or under.

Only 29% of respondents left the office for lunch, while 16% left their desk for lunch but stayed in the office.

Three quarters (75%) of people said a company culture of long working hours was the factor most likely to push them to move roles, ahead of having a difficult boss (72%).

Neil Morgan, associate director for procurement recruitment at Robert Walters, said: “The prominence of procurement and supply chain functions within companies has seen significant growth within the past few years. 

“As the scopes of their role grows, procurement and supply chain professionals are under increasing pressure to meet tight deadlines, it becomes challenging for many to complete their required duties in their usual hours, with lunch breaks being one of the first things to be sacrificed.”

Morgan added that work life balance was a growing priority for supply chain and procurement professionals and that employers need to avoid making staff work beyond regular hours as the norm.

“Staff morale and productivity can easily suffer if this becomes the case, and businesses ultimately run the risk of losing top calibre professionals to rival employers who can offer a better work life balance,” he said.

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