7 Interesting facts you didn’t know about the workplace


Did you know the average British employee spends a total of 3,507 days equalling 84,365 hours at work in their lifetime? We spend a large portion of our lives working so we thought we’d pull together some interesting facts about the workplace/ work life you might not know…


Tuesday’s are the most productive

According to research, Tuesday is known to be the most productive day of the week. In 2019 staffing agency Accountemps created a survey for 400 workers 18 years old or older. More than half of the workers responded that their energy and drive is highest at the beginning of the week, specifically on Tuesday (35%), followed by Monday (25%). Why is this? Tuesday may feel the most productive as on Monday we’re catching up with the work from the previous week and planning for the week ahead but by Tuesday we’re able to begin focusing on implementing specific tasks.

Thank God it’s Friday!

The UK’s workforce absence rate due to sickness fell to 1.8% in 2020; this was the lowest level since records began in 1995. Studies show that of all the days in the week, fewer employees take sick leave on Fridays. We can only guess this is because on Friday the weekend is within sight and so an employee will think they can handle the day knowing they are definitely off the next day.

Laughter is the best medicine

Are you worried that office humour will cause a distraction? Studies have shown that increased humour in a workplace will not decrease employees’ productivity, concentration, or ability to complete tasks. It is always good to have a positive environment in a workplace. By having office banter, you are creating relationships and keeping everyone happy and positive.
It is a fact that laughter is known to decrease stress hormones and release endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Work can be very stressful for some, so it is important for people to feel happy and close with their colleagues in the workplace.

The average person loses an hour a day to disorganisation

41% of workers believe that an organised workspace is key to doing a good job. It is interesting to think about the effectiveness of having a tidy workspace. According to studies, people waste 4.3 hours per week looking for paper alone and employees with a clean and organised desk are able to work 7.5 minutes longer without being distracted. So, having a non-tidy workspace means you are wasting time on finding things and having easy distractions. Knowing this, it is important to encourage employees to keep their workspace clean and clear. Being organised isn’t just about your workspace, it is very important that your files and papers are well organised too. Reports show the average office worker spends 50 minutes a day looking for lost files and other items.

Email overload

In 2017 over 269 billion emails were sent and received. On average, a worker will receive 122 emails per day but only 38% will contain relevant information! Workers get bombarded with spam and irrelevant emails meaning they miss important and relevant information are distracted from the priorities. The average worker spends 28% of their time opening, checking and sending emails – 11 times per hour!

Is working from home really better for employees?

The proportion of working adults who did any work from home in 2020 increased to 37% on average from 27% in 2019 with workers living in London being most likely to work from home. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many were encouraged to work from home to ensure safety for themselves and their family. Recently Airbnb told their employees they can work remotely from anywhere in the world indefinitely. It is interesting to think how the COVID’s lasting impact on business practices. An online survey has revealed people working from home due to COVID-19 experienced health and well-being impacts, with most common feeling being less connected to colleagues as well as finding it hard to shut off from work.

We’re still a nation of car drivers

In 2019, the average daily commute lasted 59 minutes this increased from 45 minutes in 2003. It is estimated that employees spend 10,635 hours traveling to and from work. However, the COVID-19 had a massive impact on commuter patterns. In May 2020 just 35% of employees travelled to and from work whilst 36% were working from home full-time. A graph by Statisia shows the most common modes of commuting to work in Great Britain in 2019. Surprisingly the majority of us still drive to work despite all the public transport options

So, there you have it; 7 quirky facts about the workplace!

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