The U.S. has long held the unofficial reign, among Western economies, when it comes to employees and their forgotten lunch breaks. Perceptions of overworked Americans with al-desko lunches depict a wage system resembling more free work than free will. Meanwhile, European counterparts enjoy an exquisite repast at the local café, with sparkling water and after-meal espresso to match, as soft sunrays and a gentle breeze kiss their faces and tousle their hair.
But how accurate is this comparison? QuickBooks Time surveyed 15,000 employees in 27 countries to find out and calculate employees time off during their lunch break1