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Old 07.02.2011, 11:05
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Early lunch

All of my team go for lunch at 11.30.

This is too early for me . . . I'd prefer to eat at least half an hour or even better an hour later.

So, I either have to be anti-social, or feel uncomfortable and then get hungry again before I leave work.
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Old 07.02.2011, 11:07
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All of my team go for lunch at 11.30.

This is too early for me . . . I'd prefer to eat at least half an hour or even better an hour later.

So, I either have to be anti-social, or feel uncomfortable and then get hungry again before I leave work.
I understand you issue...my boss knocks out lunch in 15 minutes and my colleague goes at 1:30pm...
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Old 07.02.2011, 11:09
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Re: Early lunch

We all go at 11:45, means you can get a seat at the caff, or get your food in a reasonable time at a restaurant. If you get there too late, either everyone took all the seats, or the waiters are too busy.

Got used to it now, and get irritated if meeting overuns my lunch break.
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Old 07.02.2011, 11:11
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All of my team go for lunch at 11.30.

This is too early for me . . . I'd prefer to eat at least half an hour or even better an hour later.

So, I either have to be anti-social, or feel uncomfortable and then get hungry again before I leave work.
11.30 is a perfectly good time to have lunch. just:

- skip breakfast
- lunch at 11am 11:30
- snack around 15:30/16:00
- dinner when you get home.
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Old 07.02.2011, 11:12
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All of my team go for lunch at 11.30.

This is too early for me . . . I'd prefer to eat at least half an hour or even better an hour later.

So, I either have to be anti-social, or feel uncomfortable and then get hungry again before I leave work.
when do you start working?
Most of those who go at 11.30 usually start working around 7.30-8.00am
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Old 07.02.2011, 11:15
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Re: Early lunch

I eat lunch at around 2pm. Everything's empty by then and staff seem to have more time.
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Old 07.02.2011, 11:16
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Re: Early lunch

my office everyone goes at different times.. the official lunch breaks being between 11.45 and 2.15

the french of course go from 11.45 until 2.15

speaking of lunch... I think a shawarma is on order for today.
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Old 07.02.2011, 11:17
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when do you start working?
Most of those who go at 11.30 usually start working around 7.30-8.00am
Yep . . . I normally do 9.00-18.00 but there are quite a few earlier starters.

But I think it would be more civilised if the early starters had breakfast late enough to allow them to lunch after 12.00.
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Old 07.02.2011, 11:19
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I eat lunch at around 2pm. Everything's empty by then and staff seem to have more time.
I wish I could. Even the sandwiches are gone by 13.00 though.

And really the point is that I'd like to be social and join my colleagues for lunch.

So . . . I just have to swallow it. But I thought it was worth a moany complaint post. I don't make these very often. And it is the kind of behaviour I didn't see in London.
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Old 07.02.2011, 11:19
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Re: Early lunch

Our team go for lunch at 11:30 too. Considering most of us have been in the office since 7:30, I now find this a "normal" time to have midday lunch. Only the short term UK contractors who turn up at 9/9.30 find this too early.... Then again they are still in the office at 18:00 while we are at home with our family or out for a beer..
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Old 07.02.2011, 11:39
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I wish I could. Even the sandwiches are gone by 13.00 though.

And really the point is that I'd like to be social and join my colleagues for lunch.

So . . . I just have to swallow it. But I thought it was worth a moany complaint post. I don't make these very often. And it is the kind of behaviour I didn't see in London.
I normally get salad at Globus food hall (14 chuffs or so), but when I get Migros food I buy it at around 10am during my morning break.
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Old 07.02.2011, 11:51
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I normally get salad at Globus food hall (14 chuffs or so), but when I get Migros food I buy it at around 10am during my morning break.
Sadly my office is too far away from almost all food sources apart from my canteen.
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Old 07.02.2011, 11:52
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Re: Early lunch

Our department is split into three or more groups with different lunch time habits. Software engineers at 11h30 (impatient bunch of folks who type code in pace of formula 1 drivers) they want to be there first me, me! Then the system engineers (refined ones) and some software engineers who are less aggressive keyboard smackers go to eat at 12h00. On the slow side of the group are hardware electrical engineers who take time to fit their gismos and lunch at 12h30. Mechanical engineers are the slowest bunch because they have the most work to do and eat at 12h45 before the cantina gets closed down for a day.

And there is of course management and guests who eat during irregular times of the day due to nature of their job (BS)...

Personally, I don't like early lunch as cantina is full but do I have choice? They would call me antisocial expat
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Old 07.02.2011, 11:53
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Re: Early lunch

when i started my job last year i was shocked at everyone going to lunch at 12, i felt like i had just had breakfast. 1pm is more natural to me but meetings then start back at 1. I feel your pain
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Old 07.02.2011, 12:15
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Re: Early lunch

You can actually leave your desk?
Our cafeteria is open 12-2 and i try to get there as early as possible. And then bring the food to my desk to eat
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Re: Early lunch

My Swis friends were brilliant, except for one thing - constantly commenting on what I was eating:
"Oh, that's the same as yesterday" Didn't realise you kept a log.
"Oh, you bought chips/crisps - there's so much salt and fat in those." He said, while wolfing down one of those Co-op 'salads' with more salt and fat than an elephant seal in a Glasgow chippie.
However, they would often go for icecream after lunch, which made it ok.
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Old 07.02.2011, 14:41
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I eat lunch at around 2pm. Everything's empty by then and staff seem to have more time.
I wish they would actually serve lungh at 2pm. Coming from a place which cooks food 24/7, the resto hours are bizarre here (lunch 12-1:30 ish, dinner 6:30-8:00 ick). Maybe it is better in Swiss German part.

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All of my team go for lunch at 11.30.
I think that's the official creche food times for 3-4yr olds here .

Imho, I think it could be healthy to ignore a tad the afternoon hunger, it's not a bad think to be just a tiny bit hungry in the afternoon, without worrying of starving, really. I put on weight when I try to prevent starving, not even realizing there won't really be any.

But I hear your pain, 1pm is a lot better for me, than get all sluggish at 12 already. We have it really organized, you know, the sonnerie, how do you call it, bell ringing for all to lunch at the same time. So we all do, around one giant table. It's cute.


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My Swis friends were brilliant, except for one thing - constantly commenting on what I was eating:
This is so true...I think it's more trying to connect, somehow, little smalltalk, not really knowing how to. I appreciate the effort. Though makes me conscious, too, like "why chips, your tea smells lovely, yoghurts are great for health, can you cook me a lunch tomorrow kinda jokes" funny, eh..
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So that really is you on your avatar then?
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Re: Early lunch

Well, since I walk home during lunch break, I can pretty much go any time I like.

The thing is, I don't actually eat lunch (or breakfast)!

So on nice days, I go motorcycling for 90 minutes.

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Old 07.02.2011, 16:08
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Re: Early lunch

For me it's not about how early or late lunch is, but about avoiding it all together. For the vast majority of my working life in England lunch was simply not an option. My work required me to be in places at times where people were not actually working. That meant lunchtimes and evenings were where I could get things done. Simple I hear you say, just take lunch earlier or later. Well it didn't really work like that because the "normal working times" were where I had to do the "hand holding" part of my work.

To cut a long story short I gave up with lunch when I finally realised how much money I was wasting on sandwiches with just one bite out of them before the phone rang again and I was off to another "emergency". As a result my body got into a rhythm which I've found difficult to break. I really do not feel hungry until around 8pm of a day. If I actually do force lunch down me, then I end up so tired I might as well not bother going back into work for the afternoon.

My Swiss colleagues think I'm weird. I think I'm weird, and probably you lot do as well.
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