While networking and interviewing I’ve noticed lots of people like to explain “when we really get work done.” It implies the regular work day is filled with periods of time where work isn’t or can’t be done. Studies are showing that this is the case for most employees, because there is a more than 50 percent chance employees are at work but not getting real work done.
According to a survey of 2,000 office workers conducted by management software developer AtTask and market research firm Harris Interactive, employees say that they only spend 45 percent of their time at work actually completing their primary job duties.
Basically half of the time employees spend at work is spent doing things other than work. The lost productivity is the result of taming outrageous email inboxes, handling administrative tasks, going to meetings, and dealing with miscellaneous interruptions. There are so many little interuptions and things that you must do besides your regular job duties that it some days you have to question, How much work do I really do?
This inforgraphic shared on Yahoo Finance, shows some of these issues and other workplace conflicts that stop work from being done.
Interesting things to note about workers and how they spend their time at work.
Workers spend their time:
- 45% performing primary job duties
- 14% email
- 12% admin tasks
- 9% useful meetings
- 8% interruptions
- 7% wasteful meetings
- 6% everything else
What stops workers from getting things done:
- wasteful meetings (59%)
- lack of process (36%)
- excessive oversight (35%)
- excessive emails (43%)
- poor prioritization (35%)
That is similar to my experience at work for sure! Email and long meetings were always the 2 biggest things that stopped me from being super productive. Meetings can be a great asset but more often than not they take up more time than they should and cause workers to lose valuable work time during their day.
Do these hold true for you? How much work do you really do in a day?