Workers' wellbeing at work is a central theme for the development of institutions and enterprises. Within this debate, a central issue relates to the search for the best ways to organize lunch-breaks and food services for employees. In the past, canteens had a crucial role for workers, yet the last twenty years have marked a profound transformation of the European economy, with the effect of diversifying workers' foodways and their food-related practices while at work. Based on the research "Eating at Work" conducted by the University of Gastronomic Sciences in 2015-2016, this paper analyses the consumer behavior at lunch of almost 9400 workers, from ten different European countries. By exploring the workers' foodways during lunch-breaks and how they answer to their individual needs in terms of nutrition, socialization, productivity and overall satisfaction, the paper points out that the lunch-break has major implications in boosting wellbeing at work, thus suggesting the essential role canteens have the potential to carry out.

Corvo, P., Fontefrancesco, M., Matacena, R. (2020). Eating at Work: The Role of the Lunch-Break and Canteens for Wellbeing at Work in Europe. SOCIAL INDICATORS RESEARCH, 150(3), 1043-1076 [10.1007/s11205-020-02353-4].

Eating at Work: The Role of the Lunch-Break and Canteens for Wellbeing at Work in Europe

Matacena, Raffaele
2020

Abstract

Workers' wellbeing at work is a central theme for the development of institutions and enterprises. Within this debate, a central issue relates to the search for the best ways to organize lunch-breaks and food services for employees. In the past, canteens had a crucial role for workers, yet the last twenty years have marked a profound transformation of the European economy, with the effect of diversifying workers' foodways and their food-related practices while at work. Based on the research "Eating at Work" conducted by the University of Gastronomic Sciences in 2015-2016, this paper analyses the consumer behavior at lunch of almost 9400 workers, from ten different European countries. By exploring the workers' foodways during lunch-breaks and how they answer to their individual needs in terms of nutrition, socialization, productivity and overall satisfaction, the paper points out that the lunch-break has major implications in boosting wellbeing at work, thus suggesting the essential role canteens have the potential to carry out.
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Wellbeing at work, Canteens, Lunch-break, Food choices, Quality of life
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Corvo, P., Fontefrancesco, M., Matacena, R. (2020). Eating at Work: The Role of the Lunch-Break and Canteens for Wellbeing at Work in Europe. SOCIAL INDICATORS RESEARCH, 150(3), 1043-1076 [10.1007/s11205-020-02353-4].
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