Company culture is highly important, and can have a substantial impact upon the performance of the workforce. Also important is taking time away from your workload to relax and unwind, lest productivity or even health suffer as a result. It is worrying then that according to a recent survey, the prevailing culture in all too many offices is preventing UK workers from taking the proper break they so require.

The survey, conducted by One Poll on behalf of NestlĂ© Professional, revealed that workers in a third (33%) of offices are reluctant to take a proper break due to a company culture which is seemingly against the notion of time away from work. The research also claims that 13% of UK office workers fail to take any sort of break during an average working day, while 19% only took time out for lunch.

Despite the apparent disregard for breaks within all too many UK offices, the positive implications of taking some time out are well recognised by the working population; this is evidenced by the 97% of office workers who state that taking time out of the working day to have a break would make them feel more positive about their work or more organised in the way they work. Additionally, 73% of respondents indicated that having a break makes them feel better able to solve problems or handle their work load more easily.

The research claims that when it comes to time away from the desk, it appears that ‘10 minutes is all you need’, with more than a third of office workers (37%) taking breaks of between 6-10 minutes on average.

Sam Bonson

Sam is an aspiring novelist with a passion for fantasy and crime thrillers. He is currently working as a content writer, journalist & editor as he continues to expand his horizons.
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