A study of 2,000 office workers found more than 37% check out a restaurant menu they plan to visit and half will regularly hit the weather app – but seldom venture out
Employees do 10 non-work-related tasks including holiday shopping, web browsing and doing online banking – in the office each DAY.
A study of 2,000 office workers found more than a third (37%) check out a restaurant menu they plan to visit and half will regularly hit the weather app, but seldom venture out.
Workers admit they spend 30 per cent of their day browsing social media, printing personal documents and buying concert tickets, among other personal chores.
Seven in 10 have even researched or a booked a holiday in work time.
As a result, employees estimate they could finish their work in as little as six hours – yet claim to be to ‘too busy’ to go outside for a break – spending just 15 minutes outdoors a day.
And 76 per cent of office workers, polled by Yakult Light, have regular days where they don’t get out of the office for the entire working day.
Daisy Whitfield-Davis, spokesperson for Yakult Light, said: “It’s difficult to focus on work all the time, and the results show workers like to think of themselves from time to time.
“Getting outdoors is important, and by getting out in natural sunlight, office workers will get valuable vitamin D – but many aren’t getting as much as they need.
“It’s only natural that those that spend most of their day indoors are dreaming of warmer and sunnier holidays – or thinking about the weather outside – both of which would help avoid vitamin D deficiency and keeps bones healthy.”
The study found that as a consequence of their ‘non-work’ activites, more than a quarter have received “a slap on the wrist” from bosses for taking care of too much personal business on work time.
And one in 10 admitted to having missed an important work deadline as a result of prioritising non-work-related tasks – with a similar number even being FIRED.
But four in five workers agree it’s not possible to be 100 per cent focused on work all the time, and on average spend three hours a week sorting personal admin.
A further four in 10 think they’d be in trouble were their employer to check their internet history.
But the study found that the combination of work and personal errands mean three quarters of office workers spend almost all of their working day sitting down – despite 88 per cent knowing this is bad for their bone health.
A further three quarters are aware that not going outside can contribute to the body not getting enough vitamin D – which is vital for healthy bones.
Daisy Whitfield-Davis added: “More and more of us are tied to our desks and do not get enough time outdoors, and this naturally has an impact on vitamin D levels.
“Vitamin D is vital to keeping your bones healthy. We have created a drink that helps you get 15 per cent of your recommended dietary allowance in one bottle – especially helpful if you’re unable to get enough time out of the office.
“We’d perhaps suggest that one fewer personal errand could give you a little more time out in natural sunlight, which would benefit your health overall.”
TOP 20 NON-WORK TASKS EMPLOYEES DO ON WORK TIME
1. Checking the weather
2. Browsing non-work-related websites
3. Checking your bank balance
4. Paying a bill
5. Checking train times
6. Using the photocopier/scanner for your own documents
7. Checking a menu of a restaurant you were planning to visit
8. Booking a doctor’s appointment
9. Printing off concert tickets
10. Browsing Facebook
11. Instant messaging friends
12. Booking a dental appointment
13. Booking car in for MOT/service/repair
14. Making restaurant bookings
15. Comparing insurance prices
16. Clothes shopping online
17. Posting personal mail
18. Googling a medical condition you have/suspect you have
19. Organising a night out with friends
20. Sorting out car insurance
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