Lunch and meetings don't mix, claims expert

Scheduling a meeting during a typical lunch hour could lead to rumbles of dissatisfaction from some attendees, according to meetings expert Avi Kaye.

Writing for, Kaye suggests that booking meetings for lunchtime could upset the balance in the workplace, as many believe their lunchtime is a time for peace and quiet. Consequently, leaders should be looking to book meeting venues before or after lunch rather than inbetween.

“It’s where you unwind, talk about non-related work issues (although they always tend to come up) and basically kick back,” he said. “Having the ‘new product feature review’ meeting just doesn’t work.”

In addition, many people tend not to multitask. Having lunch and writing notes is a recipe for disaster, claims Kaye, as it “can’t be done”. Attendees will either eat lunch and miss important information or write down notes and let their lunch go cold.

“What benefit does the meeting have if no one remembers what went on as soon as it’s over?” he notes. “That’s right, none. Without some sort of written record, meetings are pretty much worthless.”

Finally, give participants a half an hour buffer after lunch before the meeting gets under way. Many workers wish to check their emails after lunch or have a quiet coffee just after their lunch break as getting back into the right frame of mind takes time.

Skipping lunch for meetings, however, is not advisable. Writing for, Evelyn Theiss believes missing lunch can leave workers ‘spaced out’ and ‘unfocused’.