1. The UK’s biggest personalised vitamin and nutrition brand www.Vitl.com has conducted research to discover how workers’ lifestyles have changed since returning to the office
  2. 59% of those surveyed said that they have been making fewer healthy choices since going back to working in the office
  3. A quarter of those surveyed said that they have actually been more health-conscious now they’re no longer working from home

The team at www.Vitl.com conducted a survey of 2,200 people to discover the health habits of Britons since people have started to return to working from an office. All of those surveyed are currently in full-time employment and have worked from home and in an office in the past six months.

The study initially found that as many as three in five UK workers (59%) admitted that they have made fewer healthy choices since being back in the office, compared to when they were working from home. The top reasons given for why unhealthy habits have crept back in were: ‘not having enough time to go to the gym due to commuting’ (29%); ‘getting takeaway coffee and unhealthy lunches’ (23%); and ‘colleagues bringing unhealthy snacks to share around the office’ (19%).

A further 11% of workers even attributed being less healthy while in the office to going for after work drinks, something they were not doing when working from home.

On the other hand, a quarter of those surveyed (26%) said that they have actually been able to make much healthier choices now they’re back in the office, with the most popular reasons emerging as ‘no longer having easy access to unhealthy snacks’ (26%), being able to get more fresh air during the day (22%) and being motivated by colleagues (17%).

Asked specifically about exercise, the majority of UK workers (61%) said that they were able to do more while working from home, while a further 56% said that they tend to eat healthier lunches when away from the office.

Elizabeth Stewart, Registered Associate Nutritionist at www.Vitl.com, commented

“Over the past 18 months, many of us have been faced with huge lifestyle changes due to the pandemic and so it comes as no surprise that people are finding it challenging to get back to ‘normal’. With many companies now encouraging their staff to go back to the office, there have been expressed concerns for what the ‘new normal’ just might look like. If you’re worried about protecting your immune system ahead of going back to the office, take our free consultation to plug the gaps and fuel up on your natural defences.


By Lisa Baker, Senior Editor

Senior Editor Lisa Baker is the owner of Need to See it Publishing Group, providing contract news for business and news sites across the UK. Lisa is an experienced HR writer and commentator, editing HR publications for more than 5 years.