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Workers in the UK have admitted to ditching their 'A' game just six-weeks into a new job, according to research from job site Reed.

The survey showed that after spending the first six weeks of a job on their best behaviour and settling in, workers spend an average 33 minutes on 'me-time' at work, which Reed says is costing businesses £2,149 per employee per year.

Nearly a third (30%) regularly check personal emails, while 25% said they check social media and reply to text and WhatsApp messages. Nineteen per cent also said they will even take an extra-long lunch break for the chance to catch up with friends.

Popular messaging app Snapchat was named as the biggest distraction for almost two thirds of men (63%) who risk viewing updates, stories and selfies in the workplace. In comparison, 37% of women admitted to checking their Snapchat.

Engineering workers are the most likely to keep up their 'A' game for longer, with 58% claiming they are on their best behaviour for as long as 12 months. But accountancy staff settle a lot quicker, with 23% admitting they spend 'me-time' as soon as 22 days into the job.

Looking at what workers do to make the best impression, Reed said female employees (61%) are most likely to channel their inner Mary Beery by baking goods to bring into the office, whereas men (67%) prefer to buy their new colleagues a drink after work. Almost a quarter (22%) said they will arrived at work early to try and impress their boss, with 16% saying they will only check their phone during breaks.

Lynn Cahillane, communications manager at Reed, 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 on increases productivity and prospects, it also results in more job satisfaction."