With more of us checking work emails at all hours of the day and night, it’s no secret that we want to know how to optimize our 9-to-5 grind. But one survey just presented a startling observation, potentially revealing that a three-hour work day may be better for productivity.
Results from a new study in the U.K. just dropped a major truth bomb about the average office worker’s day, revealing that employee productivity averages just two hours and 53 minutes per day.
Yowza. The study conducted by VoucherCloud polled 1,989 full-time office workers from the U.K. to research work day habits and how they’re actually spending their time, and it turns out many of us spend a lot of time at work not actually working.
The study then looked at what workers are actually doing with those precious eight hours, with the top 10 responses including:
- Checking social media – 47%
- Reading news websites – 45%
- Discussing out-of-work activities with colleagues – 38%
- Making hot drinks – 31%
- Smoking breaks – 28%
- Text/instant messaging – 27%
- Eating snacks – 25%
- Making food in office – 24%
- Making calls to partner/ friends- 24%
- Searching for new jobs – 19%
Besides, taking a break to get up from your desk and get some fresh air (as well as eating enough) is crucial for our mental and physical well-being. But this doesn’t change the fact that many workers are using less than half their work day for, you know, actual work.
It’s still a relief to know we’re not the only ones getting distracted by group chats and cat memes.