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Research by Nissan Shows UK Workers at their least Productive on a Friday

Leading automotive manufacturer Nissan have carried out research into productivity in workplaces across the UK and the results make for an interesting read. The study was carried out by YouGov who surveyed 2,155 adults in the UK to find out when they were at their bets and worst. The survey found that 21% of workers were at their least productive on a Friday compared to 18% on a Monday. The survey showed that productivity was at its lowest on a Friday between the hours of 1.30pm and 4.30pm.

Nissan conducted the survey in connection with the recent unveiling of an innovative office workstation inspired by the technologies in the Nissan Qashqai. The results also showed that up to 50% of workers feel stressed on a regular basis which is having a massive impact on productivity. A massive 64% of workers admitted to spending time looking at news and entertainment websites and social media when they should be working. Employees don't have to worry too much about this as 88% of them said they have never been reprimanded for using any website not work related during working hours.


The Nissan workstation was designed by engineers at Nissan’s European Technical Centre, that the vehicle’s crossover technology could boost productivity in the workplace. Nissan’s Around View Monitor (AVM) and Moving Object Detection (MOD) were installed to help workers stay one step ahead of their colleagues, while the addition of the vehicle’s Driver Attention Alert (DAA) helps prevent any loss of concentration and the occasional mid-afternoon lull in productivity. The workstation would also come with a NASA inspired spinal seats that provide the ultimate comfort and support for the pelvis, vertebrae and chest.

Although there are no plans at the minute to put the workstation into production, Nissan thought it would be interesting to see people's work habits in the UK. Speaking of the results of the study David Moss Vice President at Nissan's European Technical Centre, said: Having unveiled the 'crossover' workstation we were interested to find out more about working habits across Europe. “Our crossover technology could clearly help to make people's lives easier and also boost productivity during the mid-afternoon lull that research supports the existence of in the workplace.“While there are no plans to put the workstation into production it certainly seems like there could be a place for it in an office environment one day."

You can see Nissan workstation in action here: