Do you spend the majority of the day hunched over your computer and only venturing outside to quickly grab a sandwich to eat ‘al desko?’ New research released today by Royal Caribbean, reveals that two in five Brits admit they aren’t as satisfied and fulfilled after an average working day as they could be. With half of individuals saying they would prefer a career that allowed a greater work/life balance, Royal Caribbean approached psychologist Emma Kenny for the perfect formula for achieving happiness at work, and restoring balance to daily life.
Emma’s suggested formula for happiness at work is
- 2.5 hours at desk
- 2 hours outdoors
- 1.5 hour socialising
- 2 hours active
- 1 hour lunch
Following the ideal formula for happiness at work should result in Brits enjoying their jobs more, finding time to recharge and therefore increase productivity. So at the end of the day we will all leave work feeling happier.
In light of this new formula for happiness at work, Royal Caribbean is offering one lucky person the chance to put it to the test and become a ‘Blogger-On-Board’ its innovative cruise ship Allure Of The Seas. This once in a lifetime experience will give someone a chance to report on Allure’s exciting on board activities including surfing, indulgent spa treatments and sushi making whilst also exploring the enticing Mediterranean landscapes and destinations.
71% of us admit we spend over 5 hours a day at our desk, with Brits daydreaming about going on holiday at least twice a day. Even when we are on holiday, one in three admit to checking blackberries or work phones. 50% of participants admit to spending over 12 hours at work on an average day, and without regular breaks making it harder to switch off when we do eventually leave work.
Emma Kenny, Psychologist explains:
“Today's workplace is a hugely stressful environment where often it feels like we spend more time at our desks dreaming about life instead of living it. It's essential to incorporate social time, outside activities, physical exercise and downtime to feel the best you can possibly feel. If we simply spend all our time focussing on work, we miss out on the things that actually make us truly happy, great friendships and partnerships, looking after our health and getting the most from our free time. It's not just important to create balance, it's essential. It's time to make life work for you, instead of simply working your life away.”
To be in with a chance for being considered for this once in a lifetime experience go to www.royalcaribbean.co.uk/awaywithwords
- Two in five Brits say they feel happiest when they are spending time with friends and family. (41%)
- One in five say they feel happiest when they are on holiday. (21%)
- A friendly office environment is what makes most Brits happy when they are at work. (47%)
- Flexibility in working hours makes another 46 per cent of Brits happy when they are at work.
- Two in five Brits admit they don’t feel satisfied and fulfilled after an average working day. (38%)
- Almost two thirds of Brits have a job that involves sitting at a desk. (63%)
- These people spend an average of six hours a day sitting at their desks.
- Over-worked Brits only get to take two full hour’s lunch breaks a week.
- During the rest of the week, they are looking at 26 minutes per lunch break.
- In an average working day, Brits will daydream about going on holiday twice.
- Almost half would prefer a career that allowed greater work/life balance because they could spend more time with their friends or family. (46%)
- The average worker takes 24 minutes to switch off from work at the end of the day.
- The top three attributes of the perfect job – according to Brits – are a high salary, a flexible approach to working and nice co-workers.
- Half of Brits say they spend most of their time at work working. (52%)
- Only 19 per cent of employees admitted to spending most of their time relaxing.
Research was conducted on behalf of Royal Caribbean among 2,000 UK adults aged between 35-60.