Fuelling the workforce with coffee could make UK £42.7 billion a year

The average British worker loses 70 working days a year by being unproductive at work, but coffee could be the solution, a new study reveals.

The average British worker loses 70 working days each year due to being unproductive at work, which equates to the UK economy losing a staggering 2.2 billion working days a year. One company is suggesting that fuelling the workforce with coffee could save the nation billions.

Service Partner One, a digital office management provider, has surveyed the British workforce to discover what makes UK offices happy and productive.

Those who have access to coffee machines at work reported that they were productive for an average of 24 minutes more each day than those who didn’t have fresh coffee on tap. If every business was fuelling the workforce with a coffee machine, the UK economy could save a staggering £42.7 billion through increased productivity.

Coffee could be the cure

It pays to have a happy and productive workforce, especially as the UK is largely driven by the service industry – our people are our power. Despite the uncertainty caused by Brexit, a surprising 80 per cent of people are already happy in their workplace.

It seems to be the little things that increase happiness as 86 per cent of those who are provided with fresh fruit in the office report to being happy at work, whilst biscuits can be said to be the way to a British worker’s heart with 91 per cent of people who are provided with biscuits and treats as standard in their office being happy in their workplace.

Sven Hock, co-founder and CEO of Service Partner ONE thinks that investing in your office workspace really does payoff when it comes to increased employee happiness and productivity.

Hock adds, ‘Not only do people prioritise working in a happy office environment over extra holiday days, but by providing a little extra as standard such as fruit, snacks and beverages, you can dramatically increase your workforce’s productivity and output.’

The average worker takes 2.8 sick days a year, with 1.5 of these days being taken as ‘sickies’ due to being unhappy at work. It seems that salary isn’t everything with those on an income of £65,001-£75,000, more than double the national average of £26,500, are the most likely to take a sick day due to being unhappy with an average of 3.5 days taken a year.

In contrast, those earning £25,000 or below appear to be some of the happiest at work, with them taking an average of just 1.1 days off sick due to being unhappy at work, the lowest of any salary bracket.

It seems that how many people you work with also has a direct relationship on how happy you are at work. Those in companies with over 500 employees are the most likely to be unhappy at work, with 27 per cent stating they are not happy. Whilst those in companies between one-nine employees are the happiest overall, with 88 per cent saying they were happy.

Fuelling the workforce with coffee could be just the thing Chancellor Philip Hammond was after when he encouraged the UK to increase its productivity.

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Owen Gough, SmallBusiness UK

Freddie Halvorson

Owen was a reporter for Bonhill Group plc writing across the Smallbusiness.co.uk and Growthbusiness.co.uk titles before moving on to be a Digital Technology reporter for the Express.co.uk.

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