The Ugly Truth Behind Modern Day Productivity
It’s 2019– productivity must be high with all the productivity boosting technologies, right?
There is an app or a bot for everything in this day and age, so how could productivity possibly be lacking? Well the irony is that productivity is dipping, so much so that a study by VoucherCloud showed that in an 8 hour workday, the average employee is only productive for 2 hours and 53 minutes (36.25%). That is 5 hours and 7 minutes (63.75%) of time being wasted every single day.
These statistics show that something is not exactly right here, so where are we going wrong?
This lack of productivity is additionally increasing the stress on employees who need to meet deadlines, but it’s costing employers thousands of dollars every year on employees who are not working up to their full potential. It seems as though technology is becoming more of a distraction than a tool that helps us work. According to Qnnect, 65% of employees report using the internet at work for non-work purposes. Employees are checking social media, shopping online, watching sports, and checking up on the latest news instead of focusing on their work tasks.
But we can’t put the entire blame of low productivity on technology.
Employees are also unproductive for many other reasons, a lack of engagement being another leading factor. In fact, a massive 70% of employees feel disengaged at work. Employers need to pivot their focus to employee well being because lack of happiness and disengagement leads to worse things than just high employee turnover. Studies confirm that an unsupportive workplace culture leads to low productivity and low employee morale.
Statistics aside, employees cannot continue to work like this and companies cannot afford to make up for the cost of having inefficient employees. So much time is wasted daily from using ineffective systems and having a lack of strategy behind actions.If employers come up with strategies to keep their employees engaged, increased the emphasis on helpful technology in the workplace, and practiced employee wellness, we will see a rise in overall employee productivity.
Technology can be so useful if employers conduct the proper research and find technologies that align with their workforce culture. Employers should look for technology that fits in with the company culture and the way their employees are already working. Companies need not change the way the professionals work to fit technology into the office, the technology should be flexible enough to just fit and improve systems that are already in place. For example, our app Clariti simply links communications that are already in place at organizations, but improves the existing systems by allowing users to bring all their communications to one platform.
Another added bonus of effective technology is that employees who feel their organization uses technology effectively become more creative, satisfied, and productive at work. It’s a win-win situation for employers and their employees!
Check out these statistics below in our infographic. Anything sound familiar to your workplace? It may be time to reconsider the technology in place at your workplace.
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