Why You Should Take A Lunch BreakBy Deanne Kaczerski
1. The woman ahead of you ordering a gluten-free wrap could change your life. Lunch is not only tasty, but is an important part of your career growth. If you're new to a company, this 60-minute break is a great way to get to know new co-workers, learn about the culture, and glean insight to how things work-the unwritten rules-so you don't waste time making mistakes. The last thing you want to do is start a new gig by creating adversaries instead of allies.
2. You'll score a friend with (work-related) benefits. If you've been at a company for over a year, it's time to get serious about lunch. Ask to eat with women two-levels up who can help increase your knowledge of the company or get real-world advice on your career path or even how to deal with any major issues. Set up a standing monthly lunch date with a successful woman you admire at your company. She has been where you are and can offer a constant stream of valuable advice.
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