Archive for April, 2015
Last month we (as we do every year) heard about the productivity hit U.S. businesses would feel due to employees wasting time watching March Madness. Nearly $2 billion reported one study. While that is certainly a big number, what’s most interesting is that while March Madness is cited every year as the apocalypse of time wasting, only 13% of workers in salary.com’s 2014 annual survey said they spend “work time” on the tournament.
And while 13% are wasting time on the tournament in March, a whopping 89% of professionals surveyed said they waste time at work – up from 69% the year prior.
So where is all of this waste coming from? Of course our first inkling is to the Internet and time online. Google and Facebook are the biggest offenders at 24% and 23% respectively while way down the list is ESPN at 2%.
Meetings are often seen by as somewhere between pure torture and a necessary evil. But ran correctly, meetings/conference calls are an invaluable way for your team to bring each other up-to-speed and gain valuable input. But how, in an age where one out of four (see accompanying blog) consider meetings and conference calls the biggest waste of time in their work? Here are a few tips that work for my team and me.
Time (of Day) Matters
Employees report that their most productive work time is between 9 am and 11 am. So whatever you do, try and avoid those peak productivity hours. Setting meetings during these hours is not only a productivity hit, but you’re likely to encounter greater resentment towards your meeting when removing employees from their peak productivity hours.