The research conducted explores everyday office tasks and considers where businesses could improve employee output per hour to help tackle UK productivity issues.
What did the research find?
The Productivity in the Workplace report, commissioned by Red Letter Days For Business, found that almost two-thirds (60%) of UK employees said they spend at least half a day every single week performing tasks they deem as a waste of time in the office. Employees also listed the top six areas that restrict them from doing their job well, which are:
Exploring the top three office time-wasting tasks further, the research discovered that:
James Kelly, Director at Red Letter Days For Business, said: “It seems our modern office environment has developed bad habits. Technology, such as emails, should be speeding up processes – not slowing them down. Something is going very wrong here. Businesses’ need to work together to retrain on areas like email etiquette in the workplace and to encourage better collaboration and efficiencies.”
The research also asked employees what they thought would help improve their output per hour levels. The top five answers were:
“The fact that flexible working is at number one is very interesting,” he continues. “Most jobs now require us to be flexible with our time; in fact nearly half (44%) of employees polled confirmed they did overtime because they have a flexible role and work to complete a job, rather than work specific hours. Yet, with 57% of employees confirming they only work from the office, it seems businesses need to catch up with the flexible working idea.”
Finally, the research asked employees what action their company had taken since 2015 – when the government launched its Fixing the Foundations plan – to improve productivity levels in the workplace. Over two-fifths (42%) said their company had done nothing.
“Businesses need to be aware of the smaller time-wasting office tasks that could be having a bigger impact than they think on output levels,” said Kelly. “Yes each business is bound to have larger issues to tackle, however, the good news is the smaller time-wasting issues can easily and quickly be solved, with little, if any, investment. The positive impact of the changes could also be huge.”
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