Lunch (or lack thereof) at Toronto City Hall

Taking a lunch break throughout the workday is important for staying productive and energized. We recently read this article from Signal Toronto outlining the lack of lunch spots for the public at our very own Toronto City Hall! As a public space and venue for setting an example for other organizations in the city, we would love it if City Hall was a model for innovation when designing spaces for the public. With humour, the author comments that the best spot for lunch as a member of the public is in her own car!

Check out the full article from Signal Toronto here.

We've written about the downsides of "desktop dining" before, which include snacking on unhealthy snacks throughout the day, missing out on a stress-busting chat with colleagues, giving your mind a break by getting away from your desk and reducing time to meet new colleagues and network.  Having a designated lunch space away from your desk where you can take a break is important in maintaining good productivity and efficiency, and maintaining mental health each work day. 

Now that the weather is getting warmer perhaps the lunch options at City Hall will improve a little bit. But come next fall and winter we'd love to see some changes and more options for City Counsellors and the public to use while visiting City Hall. We will check back with Signal Toronto for updates and let you know what we find out! 

Does your workplace have good spots to each lunch? Have you noticed a lack of options when at City Hall? Let us know in the comments below! 


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