Third of employees take work breaks

One in three office workers feels unable to make the most of their breaks at work, a new survey says.

The survey, conducted by One Poll on behalf of Nestlé Professional, involves 1,000 UK adults working in an office environment for a small and medium-sized enterprise also highlights the potential need to ‘seize the break’.

It shows that 13 per cent of office workers are not taking a break during an average working day and 19 per one only take time out for lunch.

Despite this, 97 per cent of office workers say 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.

73 per cent say that having a break makes them feel better able to solve problems or handle their workload more easily.

The research also reveals when it comes to time away from the desk, 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 10-11am (49 per cent), followed by 3-4pm (36 per cent).

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