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Andrews Sykes brings the beach into the office in response to study

Three in five office workers are feeling glum about being stuck indoors during the recent heatwave.

A third of office workers said being in the office on a sunny day makes them feel trapped, and one in four feel they are wasting their life in front of their computer when the sun is out.

Seventeen per cent also find themselves getting distracted thinking about their friends and family who are out and about enjoying the sunshine without them.

To combat this, working Brits wish they could take 12 extra ‘Sun Days’ a year to soak up some extra Vitamin D.

If workers decide to take a ‘Sun Day’ off from work, 28 per cent would spend their free hours in the garden, while one in seven would hit the beach to catch some rays.

In response to the findings of workers pining for the sunshine, Andrews Sykes decided to bring the summer indoors for one lucky office, by setting up the Office Beach.

Complete with sand, cocktails and games, the Office Beach brings a taste of the summer to an otherwise-drab office environment.

Read on to view the full findings of the Office Beach study below, which Andrews Sykes used as inspiration for the Office beach video.

1. Have you ever fallen out with a colleague over the temperature of the office?                 

           

Yes, often                  9.60%

                                    192    


Yes, sometimes        32.25%          

                                    645    


Never                         58.15%          

                                    1163  

2. If you have fallen out with a colleague over the temperature of the office was it because it was too hot or too cold?             

           

Too hot                      36.08%          

                                    302    

Too cold                     41.22%          

                                    345    

Both                            22.70%          

                                    190    

3. Have you ever come up with an excuse to get out and enjoy the sunshine rather than spend the day in a stuffy office?                      


Yes                             31.40%          

                                    628
           

No                               68.60%          

                                    1372
           

4. If you have come up with an excuse to get out of the office, what did you do?                


I pretended I had a doctor's appointment             30.41%          

                                                                                    191    


I said I was sick                                                        32.01%          

                                                                                    201    


I pretended I had a dentist apt                               15.29%          

                                                                                    96       


I said a relative was ill                                             9.08%

                                                                                    57       


I pretended my pet was poorly                              7.01%

                                                                                    44       


I said one of my children was poorly                    8.28%

                                                                                    52       


I said I had car trouble                                            10.67%          

                                                                                    67       


Other                                                                          20.06%          

                                                                                    126
           

5. How many days did you work last year when you wished you could have escaped the office to enjoy the sunshine?   
           

           

0          13.95%          

            279    

1          2.30%

            46       

2          3.80%

            76       

3          4.50%

            90       

4          3.45%

            69       

5          8.10%

            162    

6          2.75%

            55       

7          4.95%

            99       

8          1.50%

            30       

9          1.80%

            36       

10        14.95%          

            299    

11        1.00%

            20       

12        1.60%

            32       

13        0.60%

            12       

14        3.20%

            64       

15        2.15%

            43       

16        0.30%

            6         

17        0.50%

            10       

18        0.25%

            5         

19        0.20%

            4         

20        5.35%

            107    

21        0.55%

            11       

22        0.15%

            3         

23        0.05%

            1         

24        0.20%

            4         

25        0.35%

            7         

26        0.05%

            1         

27        0.10%

            2         

28        0.05%

            1         

29        0.05%

            1         

30        1.00%

            20       

31+     20.25%          

            405    

Average         12.44 

 

6. What do you think the average temperature of your office is (in degrees Celsius)? Please select best match.             

15-18  13.05%          

            261
           

19-22  56.20%          

            1124  

23-25  25.60%          

            512    

26-30  4.40%

            88       

31+     0.75%

            15       

Average         21.28 

7. How do you most often feel when you are in the office at your desk and it is very sunny outside?                  

I don't mind it                                                             26.30%          

                                                                                    526    

I hate it                                                                       17.65%          

                                                                                    353    

I like being inside when it's warm outside            10.90%          

                                                                                    218    

It makes me sad                                                       12.55%          

                                                                                    251    

It makes me angry                                                   2.05%

                                                                                    41       

I get frustrated                                                          7.85%

                                                                                    157    

I get envious of friends / colleagues who are off or who have outdoor jobs  17.05%          

                                                                                    341    

Other option                                                              5.65%

                                                                                    113
           

8. How many days a year do you think you wear 'summer clothes' to work?            

0                      15.90%          

                        318    

1 - 50              45.15%          

                        903    

51-100            17.75%          

                        355    

101-150         13.55%          

                        271    

151-200         4.90%

                        98       

201-250         1.75%

                        35       

251-300         0.50%

                        10       

301-365         0.50%

                        10       

Average         57.51
           

9. Does being in an office when it is warm outside affect your mood?            

           

Yes, often      14.35%          

                        287
           

Yes, sometimes        57.20%          

                                    1144
           

No                               28.45%          

                                    569    

10. Are you more likely to fall out with colleagues if it is too warm in the office?                 

Yes, definitely          8.85%

                                    177
           

Yes, somewhat        30.85%          

                                    617
           

No                               60.30%          

                                    1206  

 

11. Do you have people in your office who insist on the temperature being 'too cold' for you?           
           

Yes a lot of them      7.40%

                                    148    

Yes a few                  34.55%          

                                    691    

No I don't                   49.60%          

                                    992    

Don't know                8.45%

                                    169    

12. In general do you think your office is too warm or too cold?           

 

Too warm                  28.60%          

                                    572    

Too cold                     22.90%          

                                    458    

Neither/both              48.50%          

                                    970
           

13. Have you ever wished your employer would do something about the temperature in your office?                      


Yes, many times       24.90%          

                                    498
           

Yes, once or twice   40.95%          

                                    819    

No                               34.15%          

                                    683    

 

14. What would you most like your employer to do to keep your office cool during summer?                       

           

Create an office beach to sit by at lunchtime     5.20%

                                                                                    104    


Provide free ice creams                                          18.00%          

                                                                                    360    


Provide fans                                                             22.55%          

                                                                                    451    


Provide air conditioning                                          30.05%          

                                                                                    601    


None                                                                          21.65%          

                                                                                    433    


Other                                                                          2.55%

                                                                                    51

           

15. Is there a thermostat in your office you can adjust?               

           

Yes                 35.40%          

                        708    

No                   64.60%          

                        1292
           

16. If yes, have you ever adjusted it to suit your own preferred temperature?                       

           

Yes, many times       30.65%          

                                    217
           

Yes, once or twice   45.90%          

                                    325    


No                               23.45%          

                                    166
           

17. What would be the ideal office temperature for you? Answer in degrees Celsius. Please select best match. 
           

10        1.65%

            33       

11        1.40%

            28       

12        2.00%

            40       

13        2.80%

            56       

14        3.85%

            77       

15        5.60%

            112    

16        5.25%

            105    

17        5.90%

            118    

18        16.45%          

            329    

19        11.45%          

            229    

20        19.10%          

            382    

21        9.95%

            199    

22        7.60%

            152    

23        3.80%

            76       

24        1.80%

            36       

25        0.70%

            14       

26+     0.70%

            14       

Average         18.53 

18. If you woke up on a sunny day and decided to call in sick rather than go to work, what would you most like to do with the day?                   

 

Go to the beach                               14.80%          

                                                            296    

Go to the park                                   9.90%

                                                            198    

Go for a long drive                           6.55%

                                                            131    

Hang around the house all day     13.40%          

                                                            268    

Go to the gym                                   2.90%

                                                            58       

Do DIY                                               1.15%

                                                            23       

Spend the day in the garden         28.10%          

                                                            562    

Nothing / N/A                                     20.75%          

                                    

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