12 Shocking Statistics Reveal Extent of Time Wasted at Work

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What would you say an average working week is? 35 hours? 40? According to the Office for National Statistics, full-time employees in the UK work an average of 39.1 hours per week, but how many of us actually work for those 39 hours?

There are a myriad of distractions in the workplace, and research conducted by Atlassian discovered some shocking facts about how much time we actually lose.

Emailing

On average, employees receive over 300 emails per week, and stop to check their emails a staggering 36 times every hour. That’s more than once every two minutes.

What’s more, it was found that employees had to spend 16 minutes refocusing after dealing with new emails.

Of course, emails are an important resource for many organisations, so is this something we just have to accept as inevitable?

To try and combat wasted time checking emails, encourage your employees to close them and only reopen them at set times.

You could also implement the use of an instant messaging platform, allowing for quicker and easier communication compared with email. Skype for Business is included with Microsoft Office 365 Business Essentials and Business Premium, allowing for public and private messaging, as well as HD video conferencing.

Meetings

Employees were found to be attending an average of 62 meetings every month - that’s around three per day based on a 20 day working week.

That’d be fine if all of those meetings were worthwhile, but half of those polled said that they considered meetings to be a waste of time, and that 31 hours were spent in unproductive meetings over the course of a month.

The survey found that:

  • 91% daydreamed during meetings;
  • 39% slept through them;
  • 73% did other work; and
  • 45% felt overwhelmed by the sheer number of meetings they had to attend.

A lot of time can be wasted simply getting to and from meetings - even if they’re held in the office. Skype for Business offers video conferencing which allows for meetings to be held without leaving the comfort of your own desk. For remote workers, this also means there’s no need to travel from home to the office or another location.

Not only is video conferencing more time efficient, but it is also more cost effective when you take into account reduced travelling costs.

Commuting

A study conducted last year by the TUC found that the number of people spending more than two hours travelling to and from work every day jumped by 72% over the last decade to over 3 million, while those travelling three hours or more per day rose by 75% to 880,000.

Across the UK, commuting times rose three minutes per day between 2004 and 2014, up to 55 minutes. Over the course of a month, that adds up to 18 hours 20 minutes of wasted time - over two working days.

By implementing remote working you can eliminate this wasted time altogether, ensuring your staff are more productive and aren’t feeling stressed out by these long commutes.

To find out more about how remote working and Microsoft Office 365 can help your employees to use their time more productively, get in touch with the team here at Mirus IT on 0845 094 2760. Alternatively, download our free eBook, The Complete Guide to Maximising Employee Efficiency.

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