Employees spending more hours in the office during winter

Tuesday 8 January 2013

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UK employees are spending more than half an hour longer behind their desks each day during winter, a new study has suggested.

According to an officebroker.com poll, the average employee has increased the amount of time they spend at work by 38 minutes since the weather turned.

This equates to more than three hours a week (190 minutes) or an additional 12 hours (one and a half working days) per month.

Main reasons cited by respondents for working longer hours were to stay out of the cold (58 per cent), avoid troublesome rush hour traffic (41 per cent) and ensure all work was completed prior to the Christmas break (38 per cent).

Others said they were keen to impress ahead of an end of year appraisal (22 per cent) and make a good impression ahead of new year budget announcements (17 per cent).

A spokesman from officebroker.com said the results should hold "mixed emotions" for employers keen to get the most out of their staff over the winter months,

"Winter weather is causing employees across the UK to spend longer at work each day – which sounds great, particularly if it helps businesses achieve their end of year targets," he stated,

"However, delve a little deeper and the thought process appears to be centred around what is best for the employee rather than the employer."

The representative noted that people may be staying longer at work in the evening, however due to energy levels dropping after dark it could make "little difference" to overall productivity.

Posted by Sarah Parish