Emails and meetings top the list of time-wasting activities.
May 17, 2016
Here’s a stat organizations will likely find unsettling: Employees are using a pretty hefty chunk of their work day on nonwork tasks, Scoro reveals in an infographic that might inspire learning leaders to take a unique look at their learning and development strategies.
According to the corporate resource management tool developer, 89 percent of people admit they waste time at work every day. Further, most people use 60 percent or less of available work time. This adds up to employees being productive only three out of every five days of the week.
Among the top five time-wasting activities at work are email, meetings, online browsing, commuting and procrastination. Scoro found that people receive an average of 34 weekly business emails a week and calculated they spend an average of 16 minutes refocusing after handling said incoming emails.
Combine the email checking with other activities — including 30-minute lunches and a least one 15-minute coffee break — and employees are losing an average of 3.15 hours of work time, according to the infographic.
In light of the data, Scoro offered several tips to improve daily productivity, including suggesting leaders set a clear agenda for each meeting. The results presented in the infographic also can provide an opportunity for learning organizations to examine how their organization’s processes and systems can be tweaked to better engage employees, as well as find creative ways to bring learning and growth opportunities to employees who seem to find time for other activities during the work day.
Bravetta Hassell is a Chief Learning Officer associate editor. Comment below, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.