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Thousands of workers are getting it wrong with their desk hours

About 40 per cent of Australians are forgoing sleep to prioritise their jobs, but new research shows they're forgoing productivity and career management in the long run. 

Career Reporter 08 May 2019
— 1 minute read

Corporate wellness consultancy WorkScore recently found that 39 per cent of a survey of 8,800 are sleeping for six or less hours per night. Those same workers are less likely to take full lunch breaks.

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Often, these workers are pushing themselves and their bodies in the name of productivity at work, but WorkScore found it’s having the counter impact.

Those workers have about 12 per cent less energy through the day, and find it hard to switch off from work when they are out of the office.

“Employers can reduce the long hours employees work and promote balance between work and life through encouraging employees to switch off from work emails in the evenings, on weekends and holidays,” said Suzanne Deeming, who co-founded WorkScore.

“Allowing time blocks in their work day for employees to exercise or take a walk and making lunch breaks compulsory will provide some much-needed downtime," Ms Deeming said.

Pushing the limits with office hours is a particular trait of professions which bill their time, including law and accounting.

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