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Workplace productivity declines before holiday weekend, survey finds

National poll conducted on behalf of Red Bull shows energy is primary obstacle to productivity

August 26, 2013
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A national poll of U.S. workers conducted by Harris Interactive, Rochester, N.Y., on behalf of Santa Monica, Calif.-based Red Bull North America found that lack of energy is a primary obstacle to productivity in the workplace. In fact, 4 percent of American employees report tiring after just one hour of work, and employed adults between the ages of 18 and 54 are three times more likely than those ages 55 and older to start feeling less productive within the first three hours of their workdays, it reports. The survey also found that the greatest challenges to workplace productivity are lack of energy and too much to do. In today's fast-paced economy, an average workday is rarely confined to eight hours, the company says. This poses a major challenge for today's workforce, increasing the need to stay alert, energized and focused to get everything done, it says.

In light of the upcoming Labor Day holiday, the survey also showed that nearly half of U.S. employees between the ages of 25 and 49 might be working at lower productivity rates this week in expectation of a holiday break. Forty-eight percent agree that their productivity at work diminishes just before or immediately following a holiday or a planned vacation, the survey finds.

According to the survey results, energy drinks might help boost workplace productivity. Employed Americans between the ages of 25 and 49 who drink energy drinks consume approximately four a week, on average, and 92 percent of these consumers feel their productivity increases in some way after they drink one, it reports. Sixty percent feel more energetic after drinking an energy drink, while more than a third are able to power through their entire workdays and/or are better able to concentrate on work tasks, it adds.

Red Bull created this infographic to illustrate workplace fatigue and how employees cope with it, based on survey results.
 

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