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The Working Life - UK - December 2015

“For today’s businesses, a happy and healthy workforce is perhaps their biggest asset. Companies could strive to be more proactive at encouraging healthier lifestyles at work, be it through workplace activities/schemes, healthy nutrition or other health and wellness initiatives.”

Ina Mitskavets, Senior Consumer and Lifestyles Analyst

This report looks at the following areas:

  • Same-day deliveries to revolutionise retail
  • Encouraging healthy lifestyles at work
  • Greater work-life balance as an antidote to rising stress

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Table of contents

  1. Overview

    • What you need to know
    • Executive Summary

        • Putting a premium on leisure time
          • Figure 1: Frequency of doing different activities at lunch - Outdoors, September 2015
        • Convenience as a USP
          • Figure 2: Activities done after work, September 2015
          • Figure 3: Services that would make it more convenient to shop during the week, September 2015
        • Tackling stress the healthy way
          • Figure 4: How people deal with work stress, September 2015
        • Instilling better work-life balance
          • Figure 5: Workers' attitudes towards their work routine, September 2015
        • What we think
        • Issues and Insights

          • Same-day deliveries to revolutionise retail
            • The facts
              • The implications
                • Encouraging healthy lifestyles at work
                  • The facts
                    • The implications
                      • Greater work-life balance as an antidote to rising stress
                        • The facts
                          • The implications
                          • The Market – What You Need to Know

                            • Employment continues to rise
                              • The boom in self-employment
                                • Workers based at home are in the minority
                                  • Longer commute to work – A feature of urban locations
                                  • Market Drivers

                                    • Unemployment rate at its lowest since 2008
                                      • Figure 6: UK unemployment rate for people aged 16+ (seasonally adjusted), Jul-Sep 2008-2015
                                    • Biggest rise in self-employed women
                                      • Figure 7: Employment trends (thousands), by gender, 2010-20
                                    • Labour productivity has finally picked up
                                      • Figure 8: UK Labour productivity measures – Output per hour (seasonally adjusted), Q2 2008-Q2 2015
                                    • Very few mainly work from home
                                      • Figure 9: UK workers, by main place of work, January to March 2014
                                      • Figure 10: Place where people work majority of the time, September 2015
                                    • Lengthy commutes
                                      • Figure 11: Length of commute, September 2015
                                    • Making the most of travelling to work
                                      • Figure 12: Length of commute, September 2015
                                  • The Consumer – What You Need to Know

                                    • Most workers bring their own lunch on an average week
                                      • Four in ten skip lunch at least once a week
                                        • Making shopping more convenient
                                          • Money doesn’t buy workplace happiness
                                            • Workers comfort eat their way out of stress
                                              • Promoting healthy lifestyles at work
                                                • The growing need for convenience
                                                • Lunchtime Routine

                                                  • Catering to the tastes of younger workers
                                                      • Figure 13: Lunchtime eating habits, September 2015
                                                    • Connecting people at lunch break
                                                        • Figure 14: Screenshot from Down to Lunch app, November 2015
                                                      • Lunchtime makeover – Brands stepping in
                                                        • Time = luxury for modern workers
                                                          • Figure 15: Frequency of doing different activities at lunch – Outdoors, September 2015
                                                          • Figure 16: Screenshot from Taskrabbit.co.uk, November 2015
                                                        • A trend towards lunching ‘al desko’
                                                          • Figure 17: Frequency of doing different activities at lunch - Indoors, September 2015
                                                      • Activities Done After Work

                                                        • After-work routines dominated by shopping and errands
                                                          • Figure 18: Activities done after work, September 2015
                                                        • Making dining out more accessible
                                                          • Majority of people stop exercising in middle age
                                                          • Shopping During the Working Week

                                                            • The way we shop is changing
                                                              • Figure 19: Services that would make it more convenient to shop during the week, September 2015
                                                            • Innovation in home delivery options
                                                                • Figure 20: Screenshot from the Parcelhome website, November 2015
                                                              • Same-day delivery disrupts retailing
                                                                • More opportunities for face-to-face returns
                                                                • Satisfaction with Working Environment

                                                                  • The culture of ‘presenteeism’ is widespread
                                                                    • Figure 21: Overall satisfaction with working environment, September 2015
                                                                    • Figure 22: Overall satisfaction with working environment, by type of employment, September 2015
                                                                  • More flexible working options needed for better work-life balance
                                                                    • Figure 23: Satisfaction with working environment – Specific factors, September 2015
                                                                  • Britain’s workforce is getting sicker
                                                                    • Promoting healthy lifestyles at work
                                                                      • Key driver analysis
                                                                        • Methodology
                                                                          • Getting the work environment right is key
                                                                            • Figure 24: Overall satisfaction with job/working environment - Key driver output, August 2015
                                                                        • How People Deal with Work Stress

                                                                          • British workers reach for favourite comfort food when stressed
                                                                            • Figure 25: How people deal with work stress, September 2015
                                                                            • Figure 26: Screenshot of Pret a Manger’s ‘SuperBowls’ product range, November 2015
                                                                          • Younger workers more likely to opt for exercise
                                                                            • Figure 27: How people deal with work stress, by age, September 2015
                                                                          • Stepping away from the nine-to-five
                                                                            • Figure 28: Proportion of workers who have not been stressed at work in the past 12 months, by main place of work, September 2015
                                                                        • Workers’ Attitudes

                                                                          • No time to re-charge batteries
                                                                            • Figure 29: Workers' attitudes towards their health, September 2015
                                                                          • Finding the right work-life balance
                                                                            • Figure 30: Workers' attitudes towards their work routine, September 2015
                                                                          • Using technology to work smarter
                                                                            • Buying time
                                                                              • Figure 31: Workers' attitudes, by household income, September 2015
                                                                          • Appendix – Data Sources, Abbreviations and Supporting Information

                                                                            • Data sources
                                                                              • Abbreviations
                                                                                • Definitions
                                                                                • Appendix – Key Driver Analysis

                                                                                    • Interpretation of results
                                                                                      • Figure 32: Overall satisfaction with job/working environment - key driver output, August 2015
                                                                                      • Figure 33: Satisfaction with job/working environment, August 2015

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                                                                                  The Working Life - UK - December 2015

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