Clocks going forward can lead to drop in productivity

As the clocks go forward this Sunday (29/03/20) at 1.00 am it has been found that every hour of interrupted sleep can result in more daydreaming at work and can result in an estimated £366 million in lost productivity.

This is according to Guidant Global, a talent acquisition specialist who found that employees are more likely to ‘cyberloaf’ for 20 per cent of their time whilst working. Cyberloafing is when an employee uses company facilities to browse non-work-related websites.

Flexy, a temporary staffing agency states this increases on the Monday following the switch to daylight saving time.

Oliver Crofton, managing director at Flexy said:

It’s fascinating to see how the switch to British Summer Time can impact the workforce. As this is something that has been happening for decades, few people question it, however, it’s crucial that we question the value of it.

Solving the UK’s productivity puzzle has been high on the business agenda for some time now, and even given today’s challenges, by looking into aspects such as the switch to BST, along with various other facets that impact the workforce, we can ensure that we are creating a better, more productive world of work.

Flexioffices, the flexible workspace experts found that 41.17 per cent of workers see ‘pawternity’, time off taken to look after your new puppy, find themselves to be more productive when offered this perk.

Yoga came in at a close second with 41.13 per cent of workers saying this reward leads to a rise in productivity. Free childcare came in third with 39 per cent saying it helps their productivity.

See below the number of people who would consider quitting if their favourite perk was taken away:

  • 36 per cent of people who receive ‘pawternity’
  • 28 per cent of people who get workplace yoga
  • 23 per cent of people who have free-alcoholic drinks
  • 25 per cent of people who have free sweets and chocolate
  • 17 per cent of people who get to do team-building exercises
  • 15 per cent of people who receive rewards and recognition





Darius is the editor of HRreview. He has previously worked as a finance reporter for the Daily Express. He studied his journalism masters at Press Association Training and graduated from the University of York with a degree in History.