In an age of such rapid technological change, you would expect to see productivity improvements. Yet this is not the case. We are all working longer and longer hours but productivity and output is the lowest it has ever been. Technology has just added a layer of burden – distracting us from the work that drives growth. Most work days are now just a series of emails and meetings – leaving few of us to achieve anything of meaning.
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Since the inception of email, the average working day has gone up from 7.5 hours a day to 9.5 hours a day. (Telegraph)
Our longer hours have not resulted in greater productivity. In fact productivity in the UK is amongst the lowest in Europe. The average French worker produces more by the end of Thursday than their UK counterpart can in a full week. (Office for National Statistics)
A study of Microsoft employees found that after they were interrupted by an email, it took them 15 minutes to fully regain the train of thought. (Microsoft)
30-40% of an employee’s time in the workplace is spent tending to unplanned interruptions and then reconstituting the mental focus that interruption caused. (Science Journal)
Research suggests that the average employee is engaged in productive tasks for just two hours and 53 minutes a day. (Inc.com)
Researchers have reported the constant use of e-mail and other social media – what they called “unchecked infomania” – led to a temporary 10-point drop in IQ. This is twice as much as pot smokers. (King’s College Institute of Psychiatry)
Executives view more than 67% of meetings as failures. (The Muse)