Tuesday 25 November 2014

It's almost Friday - so chances are you'll get very little done at work

Sarah Stack

Published 31/07/2014 | 02:30

Mental health related claims were among the top reasons women sought out a payment from their income protection policy
Mental health related claims were among the top reasons women sought out a payment from their income protection policy

Friday is the least productive day of the week with six out of ten workers winding down early for the weekend, according to new research.

More than half us also fade in the mid-afternoon, with the post lunch slump of 4pm to 6pm the least productive time of the day.

A survey of 500 workers by office supplier Viking found we work best on Tuesdays, closely followed by Wednesday, and we are most productive from 9am to 11am.

"It's only natural for energy levels to start dropping as the day goes on, and indeed as the week goes on, so by the time Friday afternoon comes around most workers are definitely in need of a rest," said Michael Walby of Viking.

Progress

"Employers might look at how 'dead time' can be put to better use, for example by arranging progress or team meetings for Friday afternoons.

"A flexible working week is another consideration which would allow employees the possibility of finishing a little earlier on a Friday."

Workers said they would be happier if they got extra 
benefits like health insurance (39pc), while a third want 
flexi-time and a quarter feel working from home would boost morale.

Elsewhere 66pc said they could benefit from additional training.

"Spending a relatively small outlay on training can give a staff member valuable new knowledge which increases productivity, interest, engagement and loyalty," Mr Walby said.

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