Slacking off: the top non-work activitiesThe most popular non-work-related activities taking place are:
|Looking at social media||37%|
|Personal life admin||30%|
|Playing videogames/phone games||20%|
|Video calling friends or family||17%|
|Grooming (e.g. painting nails)||12%|
|Searching online for a new job||9%|
However, dozing off may not be such a bad thing, over 30% of respondents who admitted to sleeping during working hours said they felt more productive.In fact, research shows short 20 minute naps are more effective than drinking caffeinated beverages like coffee or tea for pick-me-ups.
By regionBrighton (44%), Glasgow (43%) and Leeds (41%) are the most addicted to checking their social media accounts, during working hours, achieving higher than the UK average of 36.5%. Belfast (53%), London (42%) and Cardiff (38%) are the three capitals which most favour cooking during work hours. On average, Northern Irish workers struggle to finish work on time when home working, with over a third working between 1-4 hours longer than usual. On the other hand, over 46% of London employees admit to working between 1-5 fewer hours than normal. That said, Londoners could be onto something as it was recently announced MPs are pushing for shorter working weeks following the coronavirus pandemic.
By age groupThose in the 55+ demographic are the most focussed with over 25% stating they don’t engage in non-work-related activities during the working day. At the other end of the scale, a staggering 96% of 16-24-year olds admit to participating in other pursuits, while they are supposed to be working.
By sectorRespondents in the arts and culture industry are some of the least happy in their current job roles. With 15% admitting to searching for a new job in their current occupation. The healthcare and architecture, engineering and building industries has some of the most satisfied employees, with only 6.7% and 7.7% of respondents admit searching for a new job respectively.
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