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A third of office workers do not take work breaks

The results of a new survey have revealed that one in three office workers are unable to make the most of breaks at work.

A third (33 per cent) of office workers feel that their employer and or working environment does not allow them to make the most out of taking a break at work, according to the survey conducted by One Poll on behalf of Nestlé Professional.

The research also highlights the potential need to ‘seize the break’, with 13 per cent of office workers failing to take a break during an average working day and 19 per cent only taking time out for lunch.

Despite this however, the results showed that 97 per cent of the office workers surveyed said 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. Meanwhile, 73 per cent of respondents indicated that having a break makes them feel better able to solve problems or handle their work load more easily.

Paul Lumley, Brand & Channel Lead at Nestlé Professional, commented: “As office workers, it can too often be easy to get bogged down with seemingly never-ending to-do lists, hitting deadlines, back-to-back meetings or conference calls. However, our research indicates that taking just a few minutes out of the day to refresh and regroup could not only impact positively from an individual standpoint, but also for businesses themselves.

“With more than one in five (21 per cent) respondents saying a varied selection of food and drink offered in or near their workplace is the most important factor to them when taking a break, businesses should consider the merits of having readily accessible refreshments for staff.”

The research has also revealed 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 per cent) taking breaks of between 6-10 minutes on average. The most popular time of the day to take a break is between 10am-11am (49 per cent), followed by 3pm-4pm (36 per cent).

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