Since 1916, the clocks have changed twice a year, going forward by an hour in the spring and backward by an hour in the autumn – a model that has also been adopted by many countries across the world. However, this could be set to change follow as earlier this year the EU Commission backed a proposal to stop the obligatory one-hour clock change which extends daylight hours in summer EU-wide. The reasoning behind their decision is that “the effect [of BST] on the human biorhythm may be more severe than previously thought”.
This is just the first step of many in the process towards making this legislation and it is also unclear how Brexit will affect the UK’s position. However, its sentiment has been echoed in some research commissioned by our parent company, Extentia Group. As part of our report, “Overcoming the UK’s Productivity Challenge”, we included questions about British Summer Time (BST) to understand if the seasonal clock change can have an effect on people’s productivity at work.
Almost half of all respondents believed that BST could affect their productivity, with 40% admitting it particularly affected performance in the mornings. These alarming statistics were reiterated by the fact that over half of workers believe their entire routine has to be adjusted due to the changing clocks, with more than a third (34%) struggling to get up in the mornings. On average, respondents felt the effect of the change to and from BST for four days following the change, but more than 10% of women felt affected for more than two weeks.
At Styles & Wood we are well aware of the impact that external factors, like BST, can have on the productivity and wellbeing of employees. As a result, our specialist interiors team ensure that our fit-out and refurbishment solutions are all designed to support the different ways in which people like to work in order to deliver their best.
We work closely with our clients to understand their workplace culture and what employees want from their work place. For example, this might be to ensure workspaces are prepared and welcoming for people who choose to work either early or late in the day to deal with the effects of BST. Modifying lighting for a brighter environment or introducing some new colours or furniture into the space can support this as can a carefully configured office space that is optimised to create an environment that encourages collaboration and productivity. In conclusion, our experience has proven that these kind of simple enhancements to the environment can help address the need to improve productivity and concentration levels of workers.
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