The study of 3,000 workers, carried out by Reed Specialist Recruitment, also found that one in four employees is at their desk by 7.30a.m. and doesn't get away until at least 6p.m., with 40% not even leaving their desks at lunchtime to get a proper break – the average break lasting just 33 minutes.
Almost half (48%) say they can't live without email, with the majority citing it as the biggest transformation in the world of work during the last 50 years – putting it above equality laws and the advent of mobile phones.
The research found that half of the UK's workforce (48%) wants to spend more time working from home and four in ten (43%) are keen to give up the traditional ‘nine to five’ in favour of less rigid working patterns, but more than a quarter (27%) say they couldn’t face working without office banter.
When I had a job I started work at 7am and seldom left for home until 5.30-6pm. On top of that I did 3 hours driving a day. I hardly ever took a lunch break, eating something at my desk and carrying on working. What was it for nothing! Not appreciated at all. I was the best at what I did, and went home satisfied I had earned
I agree e mail is the best thing but can waste a lot of your working day. In addition, I would never miss the "office banter". I can get much more done in much less time working from home, yet felt guilty when I stopped at 3pm, even though I had done 8 hours solid. I would never take work home to do of an evening.