If you run a business, you might be wondering how you could increase your team’s productivity.
Well, studying productivity statistics and the key contributors to enhanced productivity in the workplace is one of the best ways to better understand what makes employees tick.
Now, the pandemic has accelerated the shift to a hybrid working model. That’s why, in this blog post, we’ve decided to touch on both the workplace and working from home productivity stats.
And we’ve also listed some statistics on key factors contributing to employees’ productivity.
That way, you can adjust your company policies to increase your team’s happiness, boost their productivity and increase your bottom line in no time!
Workplace Productivity Statistics
1. Employees are interrupted every 3 minutes in the workplace
Interruptions are one of the biggest issues when it comes to productivity in the workplace. In fact, the average office worker is interrupted every 3 minutes at work. What’s more, it takes 23 minutes to get back into the flow!
So, if you’re looking to increase your team’s productivity, make sure that your employees let their colleagues know they don’t want to be disturbed for set periods. While they won’t be able to avoid all interruptions, this will help limit them.
2. The average office worker is productive for 2 hours and 53 minutes a day
Directly stemming from the previous fact, research has shown that the average employee is only productive 2 hours and 53 minutes during a workday. Constant interruptions from email notifications and phone calls to meetings and colleagues explain this shockingly low number.
3. Engaged employees are twice as productive as their unengaged colleagues
Unsurprisingly, engagement in the workplace is key to productivity. Indeed, research has shown that companies and organizations with highly engaged employees also have a productivity rate twice as high as the industry standard. And this can lead to an increase in profits of up to 21%!
Supporting employees and providing them with the tools they need is a great way to keep them engaged and improve their productivity.
4. Productive employees take fewer sick days
Office workers take an average of 6 sick days a year. However, companies with better employee engagement than the average report that their employees only take 2.5 sick days a year.
Now, sick days significantly impact an organization’s productivity since workers can’t perform their tasks while away ill.
Therefore, as mentioned before, creating a highly supportive environment where employees feel nurtured, and well looked after is critical to reducing sick days and improving productivity in the workplace.
5. Happy employees are 20% more productive
When employees are happy at work, they’re more productive. And while this may come as no surprise, not all businesses develop metrics to measure employees’ happiness and implement strategies to improve it. What’s more, 81% of employees fake happiness at work!
Some of the key things businesses can do to increase employee satisfaction and happiness include:
- Ensuring leaders take an interest in their team
- Recognizing employees’ achievements
- Rewarding productive employees
- Developing a supportive, positive, fun, and engaging work culture
6. 15% of employees look for another job due to work-related stress
Increased pressure at work can lead to a lower engagement rate, a drop in productivity, and a higher turnover. Indeed, a study by stress.org revealed that 15% of employees say increasing pressure at work has pushed them into looking for other jobs.
7. Replacing work with exercise for 2.5 hours every week can increase productivity
The link between exercise and productivity has been studied and proven time over. One productivity study, in particular, has shown that knowledge workers who exercise during their workday can boost their productivity by a staggering 72%.
Low aerobic exercises have been shown to be more efficient in increasing productivity than high-intensity routines.
That’s why many leading companies provide yoga classes in the workplace, helping employees perform at their best.
8. Productive employees don’t work a full eight-hour day
What if we told you that 10% of the most productive employees don’t work the full eight-hour a day? In fact, the most productive knowledge workers take an average of 20 min break for every hour.
That’s the reason that Sweden is experimenting with the six-hour workday (where employees get paid eight hours). And the results are extremely promising, showing an increase in productivity by up to 64%.
Factors Affecting Employee Productivity – Statistics
9. Sleep-deprived employees cost $63 billion to businesses
Over one-third of US office workers struggle with sleep issues and don’t sleep enough. What’s more, 38% of employees experience fatigue when in the workplace. And this, in turn, impacts their productivity costing businesses $63 billion a year, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Encouraging employees to switch off after work hours and sleep more can significantly improve employees’ happiness and productivity.
10. 41% of stressed employees report that stress negatively affects their productivity
Not only does stress in the workplace lead to lower engagement, but it also affects productivity.
Stress impacts productivity in different ways, including reducing energy levels and mental focus, and preventing creativity, as the mind wanders off. What’s more, stress can create negative emotions and aggressive behavior, preventing effective collaboration and teamwork. And this can affect the entire team’s productivity.
11. Multitasking can hurt employees’ productivity by 40%
While multitasking can seem like a great way to get more done in a day, it can actually hurt an employee’s productivity. Even briefly shifting between tasks can cost up to 40% of someone’s productivity. That’s because constantly switching between tasks prevents your brain from remaining focused thus reducing efficiency.
12. 1 in 2 employees lose up to 5 hours of work due to stress
According to recent productivity research, 50% of employees report losing between one to five hours because of stress every week.
Stress prevents employees from fully focusing on the task at hand. Worries take over the mind leading workers to think about the cause of their worries instead of concentrating on work. What’s more, stress generates anxiety, reducing workers’ ability to register and process information, remember things and find the motivation to tackle new challenges. And this inevitably leads to lower productivity.
13. A healthy diet can increase job performance by 25%
A study conducted over the course of three years revealed that employees who eat five portions of fruit and vegetables per day for at least four days a week are 25% more productive than those who don’t! The study also found that they found more meaning in their work.
Providing easy access to fruit and water can be a great way to encourage office workers to eat more healthily and help them perform better.
14. Knowledge workers spend over half of their workday checking emails
A few studies have shown that office workers send 33 emails a day and receive about 88 emails a day. This equals about 4.1 hours of their day allocated to checking emails!
Now, unless your team works in communication, this is probably not the most efficient use of their time.
So, encouraging employees to use specific functions such as automatic sorting function, stars, and markers, or mute conversations is a fantastic way to easily boost their productivity.
15. 91% of employees daydream during meetings
In 2021, meeting fatigue is real.
So much so that 91% of meeting attendees admit daydreaming during meetings. What’s more, 73% of professionals report doing things unrelated to work, and 39% say they sleep during meetings. Research has also shown that poorly managed meetings can lead to depression.
These facts show the importance of cutting down on unnecessary meetings to avoid boredom, anxiety, and lack of productivity.
16. Work overload leads to a 68% reduction in productivity
Work overload leads to depression and burnout. In fact, 52% of all office workers feel burned out, which prevents them from performing.
So, while increasing the workload per employee might seem like a great way to reach your goals quicker, and at a lower cost, it can actually cost you more as productivity decreases and turnover rises.
As a leader, there are a few things you can do to prevent burnout and improve productivity, including:
- Discussing with each employee and asking for feedback on their workload
- Adjusting the workload
- Allow more flexibility within the team
17. 86% of professionals cite poor communication as one of the main reasons for decreased productivity
When critical pieces of information are kept from employees, they can feel disconnected from the team, disengaged and as a result, their productivity can drop.
In fact, improving communication in your team can boost employees’ productivity by up to 25%.
So, make sure communication in your team is smooth and easy. Encouraging open feedback and using communication software can help improve collaboration and communication between team members.
18. 85% of knowledge workers spend 2.5 hours a day looking for work-related information
Productivity research has shown that 85% of office workers spend an average of 2.5 hours a day looking for work-related information.
This negatively affects the company’s productivity as they spend most of their time browsing the intranet, the internet, Google Drive, or calling their colleagues for help. And time spent on looking for information and interrupting colleagues inevitably reduces the overall company’s productivity.
Therefore, ensuring that information is organized and easy to find can significantly boost productivity and keep employees engaged.
19. Engaged workforces can outperform companies with low employee engagement by up to 202%
You read correctly!
Having engaged employees can boost a team or business’ productivity by up to 202% compared to a team or business with low employee engagement.
Here are some best practices to ensure your team is engaged:
- Prioritize physical and mental health
- Offer flexibility
- Ask for feedback
- Ensure employees’ voice is heard
- Reward achievements
20. Talented employees are eight times more productive than the average employee
When in line with a company’s culture and working on challenging projects, high performers are usually more engaged than the average employee. They thrive in complex situations and are able to deliver quality work in a short period of time. By leveraging their superior skill set to achieve outstanding results, they contribute to increasing your company’s productivity overall.
Therefore, as a leader or business owner, your goal should always be to source the best talent.
Sure, they’ll be more expensive, but they will quickly improve your bottom line and the company’s reputation.
21. 89% of people believe that gamification can increase productivity in the workplace
Gamification means turning certain tasks into a friendly competition to make work more engaging for office workers and boost employees’ results.
89% of employees think that implementing fun and friendly competition in the office can spice things up a bit and help boost productivity in the workplace. Plus, it makes coming to work fun!
That’s why gamification is quickly becoming an important tool for businesses looking to improve their employees’ engagement and productivity.
22. Employees waste one hour a day in meetings
An Atlassian study recently revealed that employees waste one hour a day in meetings.
Now, this can quickly add up. In fact, one hour a day wasted in meetings equals 300 hours a year or 37.5 days!
As mentioned before, cutting down on unnecessary meetings is critical if you want to increase your team’s productivity.
Working From Home Productivity Statistics
23. 91% of remote workers believe they get more work done when working remotely
According to research, chatty co-workers, office noise, and meetings are some of the top contributors to loss of productivity.
This explains why 91% of office employees report getting more work done when working remotely, avoiding interruptions, and maximizing their workday.
24. Working from home can increase employees’ productivity by up to 77%
According to a survey by ConnectSolutions, 77% of people working remotely at least a few times a month are more productive.
30% of workers report getting more done in less time when working from home and 24% do more work in the same period.
25. 83% of employees don’t think they need to be in the office to be productive
Post-pandemic, many office workers prefer working from home or at least are looking for flexible working arrangements. They’ve experienced firsthand the fact that they don’t need to be in the workplace all the time. And the recent ‘’Great Resignation’’ trend has shown that employees are no longer ready to compromise on their work-life balance. Millions of workers are now expecting companies to be flexible, given that technology allows them to work from anywhere.
Now, 16% of companies hire remote workers only as they understand the benefits of remote working for their finances and employees’ productivity.
Indeed, remote working allows employees to avoid commuting, providing them with more time to focus on their family and health. This, in turn, reduces stress leading to improved well-being and better productivity.
26. Remote working leads to 50% lower attrition
91% of employers would like to work from home a few days a week.
Besides, 88% cite flexible work arrangements in hours and location as their number one priority when looking for a job as they seek to have a better work-life balance. And this is even more pronounced in younger generations as 49% of millennials, and Gen Z would consider quitting their job if their company didn’t offer flexible work arrangements.
Flexibility has become a key factor in retaining talent, so it comes as no surprise that companies offering remote working options also have 50% lower attrition and better productivity.
27. Employees working from home are 52% less likely to take time off
Studies have shown that employees who can work from home tend to be more loyal and want to demonstrate their effectiveness more than when working on-site.
What’s more, 23% are willing to work longer hours, and 52% are less likely to take time off even if they’re sick.
28. Employees who work from home at least once a month are 24% happier
Even if you can’t offer employees to work from home every week, even providing them with the option to work from home once or twice a month can significantly boost their happiness. In fact, according to OWL Labs, employees who are working from home at least once a month are 24% more likely to be happy at work.
And not only are happy employees more productive, but they’re also less inclined to leave.
29. 61% of people cite noise as the biggest distraction in the office
Loud colleagues is the number one distraction in the office for 61% of employees. Hearing people talk loudly on the phone or interject in others’ conversations can be extremely distracting and prevent your brain from focusing. If you’ve ever worked in an office, you know what we’re talking about.
What’s more, trying to concentrate hard with loud background noise tires the brain out quicker, reducing productivity over time.
When working from home, people can control the environment they work in and focus on the task at hand without being interrupted or distracted.
This is one of the reasons why remote working can, in many instances, boost employees’ productivity.
30. 89% of employees prefer to work alone
A study conducted by Hubspot revealed that 89% of people would rather work alone to perform at their best. They believe they’re the most productive when they’re alone and working in an environment free from distractions.
What’s The Best Way To Increase Your Team’s Productivity in 2022?
‘’Happiness inspires productivity’’- Shawn Achor
While this article isn’t specifically about remote working, it’s about allowing businesses and team leaders to better understand key factors impacting employees’ productivity. And as the world comes out of the pandemic and businesses experience the new normal, it becomes increasingly clear that employees are now expecting remote working to become standard. In fact, it has become the number one priority for many as it provides them with an opportunity to experience a better work-life balance, enhanced wellbeing, less stress, and more productive days!
This explains why, over the last ten years, the trend of remote working has grown by 115%.
Offering remote working options reduces factors that negatively impact productivity, such as stress and depression, and leads to increased happiness.
And happy employees are productive employees 😉