Employee Productivity at Work is a Employer Cause for Concern
Every year during March madness, the news turns to the discussion of workplace productivity. Because basketball games are played at least in the early rounds during the workday, time is spent by employees discussing the game or watching during working hours. Technology whether its via our personal mobile devices or company computers that stream the internet, employees find a way. A recent study by American Online and Survey.com finds that workers aren’t so productive at work. Shocking, I know. Americans are spending over 2 hours a day being unproductive at work. Some findings from this study and inforgraphic included in this post below:
- Older workers are more productive than their younger counter parts.
- Missouri is the most unproductive state with an average of 3.2 hours of unproductive work time costing $28.1 billion.
- Personal Internet use at work is the most unproductive work activity.
- Younger workers born between 1980 and 1985 were the least productive wasting 1.96 hours per day. These are also in most cases the lowest paid workers, and I believe there is likely some correlation to this.
- Job surfing at work accounted for the 10th most unproductive activity.
Should We Increase Employee Productivity or Find a Different POV?
I’ve often challenged the idea of what work productivity really means managing my teams in favor of programs like ROWE where work productivity isn’t an issue under the model of a results oriented work environment. What’s your idea of a productive work environment and how to combat the issue of unproductivity at your workplace?