The majority of UK office workers are most productive in the middle of the morning between 10am and 11am.
Furthermore, when Workthere asked survey respondents about their productivity, almost a third (31%) said they feel the same level of productiveness every day.
However, when breaking the results down on a day-by-day basis, the top three most productive days, are:
- Tuesday (24%)
- Monday (16%)
- Wednesday (15%)
So, not only are the most productive days at the beginning of the week, but it also appears that workers are also more productive earlier in the day too.
On average, one in five (19%) respondents said they were most productive between 8 am and 11 am, with just 2% claiming they work best between 4 pm and 6 pm.
Workthere’s research also revealed an insight into UK office worker’s sleeping patterns in order to draw a potential link to sleep and productivity. It found that out of those who responded, the average worker goes to sleep at 22:30 pm and wakes up at 6:45 am. Respondents who sleep or wake up any later than this tend to experience a drop in productivity levels, as only 2% of respondents who wake up between 9 and 10 am, and 7% who go to sleep later than 1 am, said they feel productive all day.
In addition, Workthere delved into participants’ motivations for getting up in the morning and going to work and found that money is naturally the main motivator. However, the younger generations, especially those aged between 25-34 (53%) are less driven by money compared to their older counterparts aged 65 and above (76%) and the 55-64 age group (71%). In comparison, 18-24-year olds (33%) and 25-34-year olds (32%) are more motivated to go to work by knowing they’ll learn something new, compared to just 13% of 55-64-year olds and 10% of over 65s who said the same.
Cal Lee, global head of Workthere, said: “Whilst overall productivity levels for UK office workers will inevitably vary from day to day it is interesting to see the average optimum times for productivity, particularly in terms of time and a specific day.
“It’s important to remember that each person works differently, and while some may prefer to work a 9-5, others like to work around their lives and schedule. One potential benefit of flexible working is the possibility for workers to manage their day around when their productivity levels may be at their highest, therefore helping to manage their time more efficiently. By their nature, flexible and serviced office spaces complement flexible working arrangements perfectly and allow employees to work at a time or location where they’ll be the most productive.”
To find out more about Workthere’s research, visit: https://www.workthere.com/en-gb/news-guides/research/what-time-and-day-are-uk-office-workers-most-productive/