Comments on the dilemma in the May issue: Taking a full lunch break

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In the dilemma discussed in the May issue of In Practice, you join an experienced veterinary team and rapidly learn that taking breaks is frowned upon. When members of the team do take breaks, one of the practice partners encourages them to return calls, write up records and see walk-ins. Is this OK? (IP, May 2017, vol 39, pp 238-239). Anne Fawcett and Juliana Brailey suggest that discussing the importance and evidence for taking breaks with a senior colleague might prove persuasive. Perhaps inviting a senior colleague on a short walk might role model this benefit. Vets have a choice as to whether they take breaks, but the issue should be addressed because it will impact employees negatively.

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