Productivity | THIS is the time that work energy levels slump

THIS is the time that work energy levels slump

It’s natural throughout the day for workers to feel less productive at certain points, as keeping concentration and plugging away at work for eight hours straight isn’t realistic. However, when exactly are employees facing the biggest slump in energy?

Research has discovered that this slump takes place at 1.29pm, the time when most workers are likely to feel a dip in energy levels.

In a study of 2,000 adults currently working from home, it found that more than one-third are doing longer hours now than before the lockdown began in March. Due to this, it was revealed that more than half suffer from low energy levels by lunchtime.

The poll, which was carried out by Swisse Me, found that 58% of women are more likely to feel less energised compared to 44% of men during the day. But it seems that 18 to 24-year-olds are suffering from an afternoon slump the most, as two-thirds cited that they experienced low energy levels, compared to 39% of over 55s.

To combat their lack of productivity in the afternoons, 29% admitted to taking a quick snooze and 22% said they opted for a fizzy or energy drink, while three in ten claimed they preferred a healthy snack to kick-start their energy levels.

“Many people have found their working day has got longer, with 18% of Brits working an extra ten plus hours a week on top of their normal hours,” said Nykkea Maretic from Swisse Me.

“If you combine this with changing workloads, conference calls, and the endless video meetings, it’s no wonder some people are starting to burn out and suffer from ‘Lockdown Slump’.”

Maretic’s warning on burnout has been supported by recent statistics from LinkedIn’s Glint. It found that burnout has doubled from March (2.7%) to April (5.4%) 2020, indicating that HR and employers must address the increasing issue to prevent staff from crashing out due to their workloads and extra hours they may be working.

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This is something that HR professionals have started to recognise as a study, which was commissioned by LinkedIn in partnership with the Mental Health Foundation, revealed that four in five (79%) HR managers think long-term homeworking has unearthed a culture of ‘e-presenteeism’.

To help employees remain as productive as possible while working from home, HR Grapevine has compiled a list of three key tips:

Shut off distractions

If you’re inclined to check your phone every time it vibrates, it may be worth removing it from your workstation during the day and setting out specific times in the day to check it. For example, when you take a break at 11am or 3pm and at lunch time. Limiting any distractions like this will help you to stay on track with tasks and deadlines.

Schedule in breaks

Throughout the day, it’s crucial to take screen breaks to decompress and clear your head. Set out specific times in the day to leave your desk, where you can use that time to make a drink, make a quick call or take a walk around your home or garden. When you return, you will feel clearer and ready to tackle the next task.

Downing tools

Where possible, at the end of the day it’s important to down tools and escape from your ‘office’. If you can, put away your electronic devices and work tools and keep reminders of work out of sight so you can truly break away from work while at home. Doing this will allow you to feel more refreshed and productive to start the new working day.  

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