Wednesday, December 13, 2017
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A look at office life, by the numbers

CareerBuilder takes a look at an average American workday, by the numbers. The study of more than 3,900 U.S. workers was conducted online by Harris Interactive in November. PRNewswire

Get up and go

It may be the most important meal of the day, but almost a quarter of workers skip breakfast on a regular basis.

Cereal: 31 percent Fruit: 19 percent Eggs: 19 percent Oatmeal: 18 percent Toast: 16 percent Bagel: 13 percent Doughnut: 6 percent I don't eat breakfast: 23 percent

After fueling up on breakfast, a vast majority of workers take their car to work.

Car: 83 percent Train: 5 percent Bus: 3 percent Walk: 3 percent Bike: 1 percent

While very few workers turn their commute into a workout, about half take the stairs once they get to the office, with 51 percent climbing at least one flight of stairs to their office, and 14 percent climbing 5 floors or more. Flights climbed in a typical workday:

None: 49 percent 1 flight: 14 percent 2 flights: 12 percent 3 flights: 6 percent 4 flights: 5 percent 5 or more flights: 14 percent

Dress code

Dress codes have relaxed over the years. Employers were most likely to report having a business-casual environment, while a third of offices allow employees to wear jeans.

Business casual: 43 percent Jeans: 33 percent Uniform: 21 percent Business suit: 4 percent

Hairstyles have seen different trends over the years, but in most offices it's business as usual. A middle part is the most popular style, driven largely by younger workers. Forty-four percent of workers ages 18-24 part their hair in the middle, compared to only 23 percent of workers age 55 and older. Overall, 34 percent of workers prefer a middle part in their hair.

Left: 30 percent Right: 23 percent Middle: 34 percent Bald: 14 percent

Office life

The majority of people are frequently away from their desks; 40 percent of workers say they get up from their desks 10 or more times in a typical workday. Men are less likely to get up from their desk during the day than women, with 20 percent of men saying they leave their desks one time or less in a workday, compared to 12 percent of women.

0 times: 15 percent 1 time: 2 percent 2 times: 4 percent 3 times: 7 percent 4 times: 8 percent 5-9 times- 24 percent 10 or more times: 40 percent

Similarly, 39 percent of workers say they eat lunch at their desk every day of the week.

Every day: 39 percent 3-4 times a week: 18 percent 1-2 times a week: 43 percent

The Internet and smartphones have made it easier than ever for employees to get distracted from their work. But just how much time do they feel they spend actually working on a daily basis?

8 hours: 38 percent 7 hours: 21 percent 6 hours: 18 percent 5 hours: 11 percent 4 hours or less: 12 percent

The most common distraction from work is nonwork-related chats with co-workers, followed by Internet searches and loud co-workers.

Chatting with co-workers about nonwork-related stuff: 34 percent Internet searches: 22 percent Loud co-workers: 18 percent Personal calls or emails: 17 percent Office drama: 15 percent Daydreaming: 11 percent Gossip: 7 percent Watching TV in the break room: 2 percent Not understanding how to do the work: 4 percent

To drown out workplace distractions, one in five workers listens to music with headphones. Workers ages 18 to 24 are four times as likely to do so as those 55 and older. The number of workers who reported listening to music with headphones at the office are:

All workers: 21 percent Workers age 18-24: 40 percent Workers age 55+: 10 percent

As for the "social worker," inevitably when people spend as much time together as co-workers do, friendships and sometimes even romances can form.

Number of workers who have dated a co-worker: 38 percent

Among those workers who dated a co-worker, 12 percent said their romances began at a happy hour after work. While 60 percent of workers reported that they don't attend work happy hours, those who do are most likely to cite beer or water as their beverage of choice.

Beer: 35 percent Water: 31 percent Soda: 29 percent Mixed drink: 25 percent Wine: 13 percent

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