The latest figures from the ONS indicate that UK economic growth continues to be slow. Improving the nation’s productivity remains a hot topic as the UK tries to catch up with France, Germany and the US.
At Smarter Business Processes, productivity has always been a key focus for our clients. We know that common unproductive tasks can lead workers to spend less than half of their time on their main jobs and research suggests that in an eight-hour day, the average worker is only productive for around four hours.
Here’s a look at five time-wasters that are draining your team’s productivity and taking time away from creative and innovative work, and what you can do to help them get more high-value work done.
Constantly checking email
Is your team spending more time than you think on email? Harvard Business Review reports that the average professional spends 28% of their workday reading and answering email, with the average full-time worker spending 2.6 hours and receiving 120 messages per day.
Still, email doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. According to the State of Enterprise Collaboration report, despite the rapid adoption of collaboration tools, 58% of IT decision makers have seen increased email usage at their companies.
It’s unlikely your team is trying to waste their time in email. Maybe they’re worried that someone might need something from them and they don’t want to leave anyone in the lurch. Or they are waiting for information from someone else, so they keep checking back. Or perhaps you’ve set the expectation that you can immediately get a hold of them through email. Fretting about email isn’t always a productive business.
We can resolve this issue by building you a collaborative workspace. It makes for more productive employees. We can either create this for you using Smartsheet’s PMO template, or we can work with you on a productive, customised solution. Either way, reduce reliance on email, and manage projects by giving teams a space to organize and manage their work outside of their inbox.