Modern-day life is full of distractions, which is no good for our already-dwindling attentions spans. And many of these distractions stem from technology – but not all of them.

If you were to hazard a guess as to how many hours, on average, your full-time employees work during the day, what would you say? Six and a half? Six? Five and a half?

No to all the above.

According to new study by Ginger Research, the modern British office employee spends just three hours a day actually working. Yes, you read that right.

As Business Leader explains, checking social media, online shopping, making the tea round and gossiping and flirting with colleagues are all common, non work-related activities employees indulge in on a daily basis – and they take up around five hours of a worker’s time.

The study also proved that a culture of long working hours persists within many companies. Almost half (46%) of British workers polled said they routinely stay at work longer than they need do, simply because everyone else does. Over one in ten (12%) say they work overtime just to look busy, and not because they are under genuine workload pressures.

As well as staying late, just 24% of employees never work through their lunch breaks and 34% work through their lunch every day.

Three in ten Brits admitted that they could be more productive at work, while 17% said they’d be in trouble if their boss knew what they were really up to.

Among the 1,000 British employees quizzed, 64% believed that they could squeeze their day’s work into a shorter period of time.

It’s not the best news for employers, but don’t fret – there are ways to encourage employees to be more productive.

When asked what would motivate them and give their productivity levels a boost at work, half of Brits cited a pay rise, 28% flexible hours and 27% a four-day week. A quarter of respondents said being able to work from home would improve their performance, while 18% said a quieter office would help them to regain focus.

Harriet Scott, MD of Ginger Research, explained that companies need to think outside of the box when it comes to getting the most from their team.

She continued: “[Flexible] and home working, four-day weeks and quiet zones can all help boost performance and productivity in the workplace. We now offer all our employees a flexible working package as standard, which seems to be the way many UK businesses are now heading.” If you want to find out ways you can design and furnish your office to inspire and motivate your team, and need help making your vision reality, get in touch with the experts at Kerr today.