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Trivial tasks that keep employees from getting work done

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Productivity is the key to a successful workplace. A recent study revealed that 86% of employees reported they lost time each day on work-specific tasks that were unrelated to their core job.

Almost half (45%) of full-time employees confessed they should take less than five hours each day to do their job if they were not interrupted by these tasks. Meanwhile, 40% expressed they spent an hour-plus every day on administrative work that added little value to the company.

The top five time-wasters among full-time workers were fixing a problem caused by others (22%), handling administrative work (17%), attending meetings (12%), responding to emails (11%) and tackling customer issues (11%).

Workers from different generations viewed these time-suckers differently. Baby Boomers (born between 1946 and 1964) spent the most time cleaning up others’ problems (26%) which Gen Z (born between mid 1990s and mid 00s) spent the least time on (18%). Gen Z, however, spent the most time handling workplace conflict (9%).

Both Gen X (born from the mid 1960s to the early 1980s) and Gen Y (born between the early 1980s to the 00s) agreed meetings (13%) were the ultimate time waster, followed by time on communication channels – phones for Gen Z (10%) and social media (10%) for Millennials.

The study was conducted by workforce management provider Kronos Incorporated on 3,000 employees across eight countries.

For the 5th consecutive year, HR Distinction awards will again honour the very best in the HR industry. Winning is both an affirmation of the exceptional quality of your work in the industry and among peers. Book your gala dinner table now
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