Third of workers say office culture deters them from taking proper breaks

A prevailing culture against taking time away from work leaves workers in a third (33 percent) of offices reluctant to take a proper break, claims a new survey. The research, conducted by One Poll on behalf of Nestlé Professional, claims that 13 percent of office workers failed to take any sort of break during an average working day and 19 percent only took time out for lunch. Despite this however, 97 percent of office workers say taking time out of the working day to have a break would make them feel more positive about their work or more organised in the way they work. Meanwhile, 73 percent of respondents indicated that having a break makes them feel better able to solve problems or handle their work load more easily. The research claims that when it comes to time away from the desk, it appears that ‘10 minutes is all you need’, with more than a third of office workers (37 percent) taking breaks of between 6-10 minutes on average.