A nationwide study of home working Brits has revealed that, despite the perks of remote working, when it comes to our lunch options, things have taken a dramatic turn for the worse.
Latest ONS figures suggest almost half (49 percent) of British workers have not yet ventured back to the office.
And according to the research, released today by Just Eat, 34 percent of those working from home, have seen a decline in the quality of their lunch, with 39 percent opting for just a packet of crisps, most days.
A further six percent have resorted to eating cold baked beans straight from the can.
30 percent said they usually just make do with a cup of coffee, while a third (36 percent) rely on instant noodles and 19 percent simply stick an uninspiring ready meal in the microwave.
Biscuits (27 percent), bars of chocolate (30 percent), potato waffles cooked in the toaster (6 percent) and jam on toast (17 percent) are other uninspiring midday meals, according to the 1,500 work from home Brits surveyed.
So, it is no surprise that nearly three quarters (70 percent) miss their office-based lunch options, with 81 percent saying working from home has meant their lunches are more boring than ever.
More than one in ten (13 percent) of home workers eat the same lunch every day.
The research, commissioned by Just Eat to mark free delivery for Pret A Manger, with no minimum order, from its food delivery platform, found that deli sandwiches top the list of lunches we pine for (38 percent), along with burritos (23 percent), sushi (19 percent) and noodle bowls (22 percent).
Andrew Kenny, Managing Director UK at Just Eat, said: “It’s clear that lunchtime enjoyment has taken a hit and so I’m delighted our free London delivery on Pret A Manger is available to bring back some of the joy of an office lunch to our customers’ homes.”
When it comes to what we miss the most about having lunch at the office, 39 percent said getting a proper break from work away from their desk, while 38 percent felt having a variety of choices.
According to the study, the average Brit has 12 tedious lunches every month – that is three a week, while 13 percent of Brits skip lunch every day because they cannot think of anything that takes their fancy.
Six in ten get struck down with lunch envy when they see friends and colleagues post mouth- watering lunch pictures on social media.
19 percent said having lunch at home was the worst part of home working, while 85 percent agree having a delicious lunch delivered to their door would make them happy.
When it comes to other downsides of home working, 11 percent said the worst thing about it was being with their partner all day.
Those looking for food inspiration can head to just-eat.co.uk or the Just Eat app. Just Eat now features office favourite, Pret A Manger, meaning workers can get a freshly prepared lunch with the added bonus of free delivery across select locations until 6th September.