How important is employee productivity? This is not a trick question. Obviously, your employees are a essential and central part of your organization. They’re what helps the company “tick away” and achieve its goals. Don’t underestimate what a productive and well-driven workforce can do, as they’re what essentially stimulates the progress of the company.

A recent study stated:

“People spend on average 5 hours and 41 minutes per day sitting at their desk and 7 hours sleeping at night.”

That’s not only a long amount of time, but many times the work hours spent vs. tasks complete don’t add up. With so many hours being spent in front of a computer screen, it’s in a company’s best interest to assure that those hours spent are optimized and used efficiently.

Sometimes employees lag. We’re not talking about the 10 minutes spent on Facebook in the last week, or the quick coffee break to Starbucks. We’re mentioning productivity lacks like missed deadlines, dragged on projects and the decline of quality work. Drops in productivity don’t always point towards the employee. Drops in productivity can also be blamed on time-consuming software programs or bottlenecking policies.

Still not convinced. We’ve compiled note-worthy productivity statistics that every leader should know.

Key Employee Productivity Statistics

  • Employees are more engaged when they “spend 60% to less than 80% of their work week — or three to four days — working off-site.”
  • Teams with high-engagement “are 21% more productive and have 28% less internal theft than those with low engagement”.
  • When employees are engaged, businesses see a revenue growth of 2.5% than that of their peers and a 40% reduction in employee turnover.
  • Businesses with engaged employees outperform those without by 202%.
  • 28% of an employee’s work week is dedicated to answering emails. That’s 13 hours on average employees spend on email-related tasks.
  • On average, employees spend one hour a day in meetings, that’s 31 hours a month.
  • 14% of telecommuters are more productive than their in office colleagues.

Did You Find Any of These Statistics Surprising?

One of the most futuristic and progressive approaches to solving these problems is through user analytics. An employee monitoring software can track user activity throughout the work day creating a catalog of behaviors and actions (by both user and computer) in a centralized and story-like desktop. How many hours are your employees active? Maybe they’re spending too much time in meetings, and not at their desk working. What applications are used the most frequently? Maybe email hours are through the roof, and management can approach the subject by encouraging employees to talk verbally to each other, or communicate through another communication method: instant messaging.

The key to any type of monitoring software is to be transparent about WHY you are monitoring, to share important insights with employees and be reasonable when you approach employees about idle time. Where they idle for 10 minutes? There might be bigger challenges to conquer.

All in all, productivity is high on the list for managers and companies this year. A high-functioning workforce translates into a well-earning company. Click below to learn more about Teramind.