Study Reveals Low Employee Productivity

“The Personal Productivity Challenge” conducted by Microsoft in 2005 sampled over 38,000 people in 200 countries about their productivity. The results are staggering and point to a real need for productivity training and policies in the workplace.

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A summary of Microsoft’s findings include:

  • People average of 45 hours of work a week and consider 17 of those hours to be unproductive.
  • 55% of those surveyed relate their productivity directly to their software.
  • People spend 5.6 hours every week in meetings and 69% feel those meetings are unproductive.
  • Only 34% use proven scheduling tools and techniques.
  • 60% say they have no work-life balance, and that being unproductive contributes to this.
  • Women’s average productivity score was 72%, compared to 71% for men.
  • The biggest productivity issues are unclear objectives, lack of team communication and ineffective meetings.

In order to reclaim the 38% of vanishing productivity, the Center for Management & Organization Effectiveness suggests that you implement tools and processes to:

  • Explain and communicate organization goals in a way that is meaningful to each employee.
  • Link employee contributions to organizational goals.
  • Communicate and coach employees to build commitment.
  • Develop employees to be more productive and focused on performance.

Productivity has a direct impact on profits and your organization cannot afford to ignore these bottom-line busting statistics.

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