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Winter Blues Check Productivity

By on October 31, 2009 in Office Supplies, Office Workers

As the clocks went back last week, October 26th was predicted to be the most ‘unproductive day’ as employees adjust to the clock change, according to a poll of 2,000 British workers commissioned by Promotur, The Canary Island tourism board.

Productivity was predicted to fall last week by as much as 50 per cent due to shorter and darker days, with 52 per cent of workers admitting they would struggle to cope with their work load last Monday. Fourteen per cent said last year’s slump was so bad that they were spoken to by their boss about it. Eight per cent admitted to taking a sickie because they were depressed at the thought of going to work.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a type of depression brought on by winter, is thought to affect half a million people in the UK every year between September and April, according to the support association SADA. Symptoms of SAD include, along with depression, sleeping problems, lethargy, mood swings and loss of concentration. SADA offers comprehensive information and advice on SAD.

 

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Related products (vaguely):

Office lighting (which won’t cure SAD but can cheer up your office!)
Clocks for the office

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