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Will You Take Back Lunch?

Do you know that next Wednesday, June 23rd is Take Back Your Lunch Day?

What is "Take Back Your Lunch Day," you ask? No, it's not taking your food back to the deli counter because they gave you the wrong order, which I'll admit was my first guess. Rather, it's a movement to get employees to stop eating lunch at their desks. You know, to leave the cube farm, venture outside and realize the world is bigger than their inboxes. To feel the warmth of the sunshine (unless they live in Seattle or Portland) and to realize that big, yellow orb in the sky doesn't buzz like the fluorescent lighting over their desks.

From the Take Back Your Lunch website:

Take Back Your Lunch is a simple idea about reclaiming something that's rightfully yours... LUNCH.

Every Wednesday this summer, starting June 23rd at noon in Manhattan's Madison Square Park and in public parks nationwide, workers across America will be taking a collective lunch break. We are mobilizing now and need you to sign up for a meetup near you, organize a lunch, and spread the word.

Join the movement—and together, let's change the way America works. Take Back Your Lunch.

Take Back Your Lunch is sponsored by The Energy Project, a Riverdale, New York firm that gives companies a "detailed blueprint for fueling a fully engaged workforce." I'm always bothered when I see the word "engaged" used in reference to managing employees. People get engaged to be married. We engage each other in conversation. But "fully engaged workforce"? To me, it's just another example of trite, meaningless management-speak that's like nails on a chalkboard every time I hear it. I'd rather listen to a stadium full of vuvuzulas, but I digress.

Take Back Your Lunch Day is a cool idea, but I can't help but wonder about the logistics involved in making it work. Of course, I work at home and participate regularly in "Take Wrapper Off Bowl, Microwave For Five Minutes Then Stir Day" so what do I know.

For more information about how you can take part in Take Back Your Lunch Day, click here.


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