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When employees take extended lunch breaks

A habit of long, long breaks is a much bigger problem than one or two isolated instances. If you see an employee regularly abuse break privileges, confront him about it.

Say “I noticed that your lunch break was 90 minutes today rather than an hour, and I’ve noticed similarly long lunch breaks a couple of times in the past week. We can’t have you taking extra-long breaks, because that puts an unfair onus on team members who have to cover for you while you’re out. Please make sure to be more punctual in the future. I’ll document unapproved extended lunch breaks going forward, which will affect your upcoming performance review.”

Then, follow through.