A recent survey has revealed that people only feel that they have 38% of their working day to do their actual job, the rest is taken up with ‘wasteful’ meetings and other distractions.
The study, conducted by WorkFront surveyed 600 workers in the UK from large companies (500 people and over) with the aim of finding out how productive life is within a big company.
On average, those surveyed felt the time in which they got to do their actual job was only 38% of working day. The biggest interruptions to getting on with work were cited as:
– 62%: wasteful meetings
– 52%: excessive emails
– 39%: excessive oversight
But it’s not all doom and gloom, most surveyed enjoyed their job and liked their boss and colleagues:
– 74% said they love their jobs & usually happy to be there
– 68% enjoyed dealing with their co-workers
– 85% felt their boss listened to them
Do not disturb: over a quarter of those surveyed expressed the wish for some ‘do not disturb’ time at work – where they could work solidly without being interrupted by calls/meetings/people/emails.
Is the lunch hour dead? 62% of participants took 30 minutes or less, with 28% taking less than quarter of an hour. Of those, 50% claimed to be “too busy for lunch” and another 40% said they “prefer to work through lunch”.
Goodbye commute – Over half surveyed are of the belief that the remote working will take over office work in the near future.
Email: 37% of workers believe that email will cease to be the main form of communication in the next five years.
Overtime: the average hours worked in this survey are 40.6 hours. 69% of workers feel negatively about overtime!
“Meetings and email are a necessary part of today’s workplace. Unfortunately, they are often misused, decreasing, rather than increasing, productivity. Combine this will a future projected shift over the next five years away from email as the primary means of business communication and an increase in remote workers, and you have to ask, how will work get done efficiently?” said Joe Staples, chief marketing officer at Workfront.
“The good news is there are better ways to manage work. By implementing a solution like Workfront, teams are able to collaborate in the context of work, and gain complete visibility into the work that is being done. This eliminates the need for unnecessary status meetings, and lengthy email threads and gives teams time back to be more productive. It’s really about providing the tools that allow businesses to focus on the right work, create their best work, and deliver that work faster than ever before.”