Lunchtime: A tale of sex and surfing

British workers are enjoying more just than a stale sandwich and a packet of ready salted for lunch these days, according to new research from Pitman Training. Indeed a few even admit to the odd lustful liaison during their midday break.


British workers are enjoying more just than a stale sandwich and a packet of ready salted for lunch these days, according to new research from Pitman Training. Indeed a few even admit to the odd lustful liaison during their midday break.

British workers are enjoying more just than a stale sandwich and a packet of ready salted for lunch these days, according to new research from Pitman Training. Indeed a few even admit to the odd lustful liaison during their midday break.

Pitman’s study of around 250 UK office workers provides considerable food for thought for business owners. The five per cent who occasionally use the photocopy room or staff toilets for the most intimate of intra-company relations do, of course, prove the exception and not the rule. Yet almost a third of those questioned also stated that they had used company phones to make premium rate calls (to chat lines, horoscope services and the like) during their lunch hour.

Moreover, while few will be surprised by news that 80 per cent regularly surf the internet during their breaks, employers may be a little more disturbed to hear that 60 per cent of these individuals confessed to visiting porn sites on a regular basis.

Just ten per cent said they spent their lunch hours ‘constructively’, visiting gyms, learning new skills or pursuing a hobby or interest.

‘People are sitting at their desks, utterly bored and pretending to work, which invariably leads to them partaking in activities that no reasonable company would tolerate,’ Pitman managing director Michael Graham states. ‘We’d encourage UK workers to consider spending that hour training for new skills.’

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