How much more productive could you be if you worked from home?
I was reading Future Work by Alison Maitland and Peter Thomson last night. They used a case study from IBM whereby flexible working saw employees produce an extra 19 hours of productive work. Now suffice to say they don't expand on how that figure was achieved, but I thought I'd have a stab myself.
1. Getting to/from the office - time saved 7.5 hours per week
I wrote last week about a rather torturous bus journey home from work that took a shade under 2 hours. It seems that such journey's are common as research found that both walking and cycling to work are much less stressful than driving or taking public transport. So delays would seem common when travelling under others steam.
Now apparently the average UK commute is the longest in Europe, at 45 minutes each way, so lets bank 1.5 hours per day, or 7.5 hours per week.
2. Distracted by the rumour mill - time saved 3 hours per week
Apparently the average employee spends 3 hours per week having a good old gossip. Personally I think that's a conservative estimate. It is suggested that it takes 15 minutes to regain focus after every distraction. So cutting down on both gossip and other office distractions could be an easy way to win back your time.
3. Meeting after meeting after meeting - time saved 6 hours per week
Some 70% of people regard meetings as a waste of time, yet the average person spends 6 hours per week in them. Some 90% of people have admitted to daydreaming during a meeting. There are lots of enterprise social networking tools available now to make sharing information an easy process and would invalidate the need for many meetings.
That's 16 and a half hours of extra productivity we could easily reclaim if we started to work a bit smarter. To provide a bit of context here, a Microsoft study back in 2005 found that in an average 45 hour working week, 17 hours of that is unproductive work.
What other tips do you have for increasing productivity at work?
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