British workers 'can't switch off'

30-08-2006

Hardworking British employees are failing to get the most out of their lunchbreaks as they are unable to switch off, a new survey has revealed.

Research from energy giant Powergen found that almost half of UK workers regularly miss lunch breaks, with 76 per cent of employees revealing that they are just too busy to take a break.

Although 90 per cent of employees surveyed said that taking a lunch break and switching off from work would make them feel more positive and refreshed for the afternoon, more than half said they often ate their lunch at their desk, with more than a quarter trying to do work at the same time.

Around 37 per cent of employees said they used their lunch breaks to run errands or get to the shops, while one in eight spent the time on the internet.

Chartered business psychologist and workplace wellbeing expert Dr Lea Brindle, said: "Eating lunch hunched over your desk, or not getting a proper break at all, means you're not really switching off from work.

"Getting some fresh air and just taking a break from work - whether you play a quick game of football, throw a frisbee or just take a gentle walk - can make you feel refreshed and more positive for the afternoon ahead."

The poll also found that when they did manage to get out of the office for lunchtime, workers were forgetting to save energy, with 97 per cent admitting to leaving air conditioning switched on and just eight per cent switching off their computer or lights behind them.



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