Will you be leaving work at 4pm today?

Will you be leaving work at 4pm today?

Friday – the most pined after day of the week – is finally upon us. And, if you’ve been paying attention to the media, your weekend might be starting early.

Today marks National 4pm Finish Day, a scheme thought to be pioneered by Red Bull to promote productivity and working smart rather than working long hours – The Independent reports.

The energy drink website states that “4pmFinish isn't about slacking off, it's about being more productive”.

According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the average Briton works 1,674 hours a year, according to its data for 2015 – or the equivalent of 32.2 hours per week.

Yet, it’s unclear as to how many of those hours are spent productively. Research by Robert Half UK found that the average full-time employee is seen to be bored around 5.3 hours a week. The figure rises to over six hours a week (6.4) for employees in London and the South East.

This strengthens the argument that companies should be offering flexible working. A recent poll, commissioned by Uber, found that 36% of workers actively make up excuses in order to sneak out of the office early. The ride-hail firm’s YouGov poll interviewed 2,000 UK employees across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales and the reason why employees wanted to get out of the office should prompt HR into reviewing their companies offering.

The reasons that people lied to leave work included; 53% said they just wanted to relax; 30% said they wanted to spend time with family; 24% said they wanted to enjoy the sunshine; and, an amorous eight per cent went on a date. With almost a third of workers (32.7%) afraid of breaching the topic of flexible hours with their bosses, according to research from CV-Library, it’s important for firms to create a company culture that is approachable – and reasonable.

In light of National 4pm Finish Day, we’ve collated some of the best tweets employees across the UK have sent out, to celebrate the early start to the weekend.

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