A third of UK office workers don’t have the right office equipment to be productive

A study has found that over a third (36%) of UK office workers complained they were faced with not having the right office equipment more than once a week.

It’s no surprise that productivity levels in offices across the UK have fallen to a new low. With a quarter of workers admitting they are unproductive for up to 2 hours a day, adding up to a staggering 40 million* hours lost across the UK every week due to not having the right office equipment.

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Over a third (38%) of office workers also felt their employers weren’t doing enough to help their output with 45% claiming they don’t have the right office equipment to make them feel comfortable at their desks.

Fellowes, office product specialists, released their second Productivity in the UK report to help businesses understand what their employees need to increase output and the tools that can help.

As part of the campaign we teamed up with Fellowes to launch a competition and offer one UK-based small business the chance to win a range of top-quality ergonomic equipment, including monitor risers, back supports, foot supports and more.

Golddigger Trust, an award-winning charity working for young people based in Sheffield, won the Talk Business competition and commented:

“The team at Golddigger Trust have become much more aware of their sitting position thanks to the advice given by Fellowes, and the equipment has really helped to increase our comfort as well as adopting the correct postures at our desks.”

Fellowes UK & Ireland Country Head, Darryl Brunt added: “It’s important that we help unlock workers’ productivity and ensure they have the right equipment in the office. By establishing smarter ways of working people can limit distractions, be more creative and increase their productivity.“

To help get those lost hours back Fellowes have pulled together their top tips for staying productive:

  1. Set up to succeed: Prepare yourself to be productive by making sure you are comfortable at your desk. Bad working habits when using computers, laptops and tablets are a major cause of distractions in the workplace. Fellowes intuitive range of ergonomic workplace solutions, including back, foot and wrist supports as well as sit stand work stations, help you adopt the correct posture, sit comfortably and ultimately upgrade your working environment to get more done.
  2. Be creative: 1 in 5 people believe they would be more productive if they had a better office environment, and even the smallest changes can help increase output. Using binding machines, laminators and trimmers you can transform your work materials and office spaces to increase motivation and achieve more.
  3. Talk to your team: Communication is key in any business, whether that is with your immediate team or the company boss. Ensure you understand the tools your team needs to succeed. Reliable, fast and efficient business machines are essential for optimising productivity in the workplace.

Fellowes aims to help workers thrive thanks to over 100 years of experience helping businesses work better. Fellowes believe that the workplace should be the optimal environment for everyone to be the best they can.

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