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Workers are on their best behaviour for six weeks in a new job before starting to take longer lunch breaks or spending time on social media, according to a report. The biggest “desktop distractions” are personal emails, research by jobs website reed.co.uk found.

A survey of 2,500 adults found that workers wanting to make a good impression in a job arrived early, stayed late and left their personal phone in a bag. After a few weeks they started to browse the internet and check social media.

Lynn Cahillane, communications manager of reed.co.uk, said: “Putting the hours in and going the extra mile for your boss are great ways to make the right impression in a new job. But to excel, you need to be able to sustain your dedication and enthusiasm and not drop the ball after only six weeks.

“We all have life tasks we need to complete around our jobs and most managers understand this. What’s more, British workers typically put in over 70 hours of overtime a year, helping us to make up for the time we’re not focused on the job.

“But being organised and avoiding distractions – especially the social ones – not only increases productivity and prospects, it also results in more job satisfaction.”

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