Productivity | 3 in 10 staff won't see natural light during workday

3 in 10 staff won't see natural light during workday

Tackling deadlines and getting caught up in workplace responsibilities is the norm for many employees. So much so that workers have admitted to not leaving the office at all during their working day.

Dubbed a nation of desk potatoes; whether it’s because they chain themselves to their desks because they want to finish an important task or because they have a constant lack of energy, workers are plonked behind their screens for hours at a time.

This has been corroborated by recent research by UK cereal bar brand Nature Valley. It revealed that the UK is in fact a sedentary nation, with 84% admitting that there are days in which they don’t leave the office from the minute they get in to the minute they leave. As a result, 36% of Brits do not see natural light from one day to the next.

Just over a third of respondents cited that they never take a lunch break, with many opting for a quick lunch at their desk. This contrasts with eight in ten bosses and senior leaders who always take their hour lunch break.

Elsewhere, 68% shared that the only reason they leave their desks during the day is because they need to pop to the toilet.

“More than half of UK professionals 24 and older, do not take the full lunch break they’re entitled to, with the average lunch break lasting just 22 minutes – that’s a third less than it was six years ago,” said Kat Jones, Marketing Manager for Nature Valley.

“We are encouraging people to get out and about during their lunch break and to stop denying themselves the pleasure of enjoying the great outdoors.”

More than half of civil servants and Government officials who were surveyed topped the poll of those who never or nearly never take a full hour lunch break, compared to the national average of 17%, which was closely followed by healthcare workers at 49%.

However, for those with the urge to leave their desks and head outside, 15% of workers revealed that they had not explored their surroundings despite having worked in the same place for a number of years, meanwhile 13% don’t know where their nearest nature spot is.

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Professor Charles Spence, Experimental Psychologist at the University of Oxford, added: “City dwellers spend more than 90% of their time indoors, leading to a range of problems for workers, including everything from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) in the winter months due to a lack of natural daylight and Sick Building Syndrome (SBS), especially in buildings with poor ventilation.

“The good news is that an hour spent outside is proven to drastically improve short-term memory, spark inspiration and decrease stress levels,” Spence concluded.



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