The Daily Telegraph reports that nearly half of all British workers are too busy to even leave their desks for lunch, according to the results of research conducted by restaurant reservation service Bookatable.
The study found that the traditional business lunch has been in steady decline since its “heyday” in the 1980s, despite 40% of British workers saying lunch with prospective clients is the most important factor in sealing a business deal.
And more than a third of workers admitted they would be more likely to renew a contract or use a supplier if they were wined and dined in a restaurant.
A lack of time for workers and increased financial tensions in British businesses since the economic crash have been cited by more than two thirds of the surveyed workers as the main reason for the “death” of the business lunch, with 19% saying their business is so short-staffed that they cannot leave the office.
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