These figures reveal that workers in Swansea take the shortest lunch break in the UK with many people choosing to take a ‘working lunch’ rather than spending their hour to shop, socialise or eat outside of the office.
Our closest European neighbour France has the shortest working week. Workers are desiring to surf the net which could be detrimental to their health in terms of eye strain and even DVT (Deep Vain Thrombosis).
This research was carried out by Serviced Office Provider Regus, and reveals that by favouring a working lunch over actually leaving the office, workers may be trying to optimise their working day.
Mark Dixon, CEO of Regus, comments “Our study reveals that due to shorter lunch breaks and longer commutes, people in the city are working harder than ever. Unsurprisingly, Swansea workers (31%) cited ‘a shorter working day’ as the single factor that would improve their working life. This research indicates that 15% of workers take over an hour to commute into the office every day and back home again. Combined with a shortened lunch hour, this shows that the length of the average working day in Swansea is increasing."
Mark Dixon goes on to say “Giving workers the flexibility to work where and when they want can significantly reduce the overall hours people spend working, resulting in a happier, and ultimately more productive workforce”.
Another factor may also be due to the prevalence of Serviced Offices which work to create as comfortable a working environment as possible. Sites throughout London, Manchester and the West Midlands provide interior amenities such as cafes, restaurants and gymnasiums meaning that a huge range of employees’ needs can be catered for.
Amazingly, one in ten workers surveyed for the Eurest Lunchtime Report said that they took no break at all. Perhaps this is because we are simply too committed to our jobs or that there is an increasing variety on offer within Business Centres.