Nearly half of Brits spent their Easter Bank holiday working at the office

Microsoft Lumia discovers that 58% of the nation are not using their smartphones to their full potential and missing out on leisure time

Are Britons spending unnecessary hours in the office? It’s estimated that nearly half of the UK (46%) spent their Easter break working, according to Microsoft Lumia. Nearly two-thirds of people (60%) worked from their office during the public holiday, meaning they missed out on quality time with their friends and family.

Even with the advances of modern day technology, nearly half of workers (46%) in the UK are still spending a full working day, five days a week at their office desk despite employers offering more flexible working hours to suit their personal life’s. With nearly a third (30%) of people agreeing that their smart device is essential to their jobs, why is it we’re still in the office and not working from our mobiles on the go?

With the launch of Microsoft Lumia 640 you can receive a year’s free Office365 subscription so you can create documents from anywhere, at any time as well as send emails and Skype call clients and colleagues.

Even though 1 in 5 of us use our smart phones for work purposes, 58% of the UK confess that they do not use their smartphone to its full potential, for example 37% admit that although they are aware their phone has document editing equipment on it such as Word and Excel, they have never used it and 21% have missed a work deadline due to not being able to edit from their mobile device.

Although the survey findings suggested that the UK seem to spend the majority of their time at the office, the results also showed that a third of people say smartphones can make them more efficient especially in their personal and social life as 67% text friends and family and 50% use Facebook on a daily basis.

Nikki Moore, technology expert, presenter and author of GirlGeekChic.com comments on the results, “As technology evolves and smartphones get better, maximising productivity and managing your own work life balance has never been easier. I still find it quite surprising though that people don’t use their smartphones to a greater extent. Personally, my smartphone is my lifeline and the most efficient way to keep up with my blog, check my emails and social media. As a lover of all things tech, I’m always on the lookout for the next best thing that can increase my productivity and output.”

Nikki has shared some of her top tips for designing a lifestyle fitting to the 21st century with the new Lumia 640 that retails at only £170 and offers everything you’d expect from a high end device:

Why stay late in the office finishing off a budget sheet? With a third of the population (33%) commuting for an hour to and from work, this is the perfect time to catch up on emails or edit a Word or Excel document so you’re ahead of your deadline

I waste a lot of time searching for a USB stick, then checking multiple times that it has saved and panicking that when I arrive it won’t be there. Saving your documents to OneDrive is an efficient way to cut all of that out.

With my work life and family life it’s great to share our forever growing to-do lists on OneNote to keep on top of household chores, my phone always reminds me about birthdays and events that I have coming up

I have my phone set up to quiet hours, so when I get home for family time, only the urgent calls and emails come through. That way I don’t get distracted when I’m enjoying time with my children.

Adam Johnson, Marketing Director for Microsoft’s Mobile Devices Group in the UK & Ireland said, “At Microsoft we want to empower people to achieve more of what they want to do. We think this can be done by working smarter and getting more done on the move; so that when you get home, you can find time for yourself, your friends and your family. What we’re trying to do with the Lumia 640 is enable everyone to live like this, not just the people that can spend £500 on a phone…

This smart device comes with Office 365 and 1 terabyte of Cloud storage for free, all for around £170 or £17/month.”

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