I read something quite disturbing recently about a survey carried out by a well known, so called ‘energy drink’ manufacturer. Whilst this article technically has nothing to do with employers liability insurance, it may be of some interest to employers in general.
Apparently, according to the survey of 2,000 UK office workers, a third of those quizzed had at some stage taken a nap at work due to an afternoon energy slump, with one in five actually falling asleep at their desks and most people napping for 40-50 minutes, with Wednesday being the day these workers are most likely to ‘knock a few zeds out’ in the office.
Almost two thirds (63 per cent) of media and advertising workers blame a ‘heavy lunch’ for their afternoon fatigue, and a third (33 per cent) blame boozing the night before as the reason why they fall asleep at work. An overwhelming 91 per cent of people working in accountancy and financial services said they experience an afternoon lull! These figures equate to roughly 24 days per annum of unproductivity, or roughly a tenth of their salary.
Apparently workers are less likely to feel tired if they are surrounded by happy, cheerful work colleagues. Anyway, it got me to thinking I would do a little random survey of my own so I asked a number of staff at some of our panel of brokers if they ever have the urge to dribble on the desk and an astonishing 100% said no! Whether this was anything to do with the fact I know all their bosses is purely speculatory!
Anyway from a cynic’s point of view before all you employers start with the half-hourly air horn in the office, the fact that this survey was commissioned by an energy drink manufacturer possibly could have distorted the truth. Were those who said they fell asleep dangled the carrot of a free can of energy drink? Who knows? All I know is that it’s Wednesday afternoon and I’m about ready for a snooze before pub time!