The sorry state of work-place productivity

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In my daily trolling through the internet, I came across this interesting infographic examining the reasons contributing to poor workplace productivity. I think you’ll find it interesting to scroll through (shown in its entirety below), and it hits all the highlights of “time wastage” — estimated total cost (to the US economy), average hours/week, biggest time wasters, internet surfing, our reasons for wasting time, etc.

For me, two sections jumped out and had me pondering what they really tell us: where we think we waste our time, and why we waste it. For “where”, the reasons given are: 47% — meetings; 43% — office politics; 37% — fixing others’ mistakes; 36% — annoying co-workers; 22% — busywork; 20% — tending to work emails; 18% — internet; 14% — dealing with bosses. For “why” we waste time, the survey says: 35% — not challenged enough; 34% — hours are too long; 32% — no incentive to work harder; 30% — unsatisfied with job; 23% — bored; 18% — underpaid. Continue reading “The sorry state of work-place productivity”

Thoughts on time management

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I’m just reading Ricardo Semler’s fascinating book from 1993 — it’s his story of building and running the large Brazilian conglomerate Semco. The book is “Maverick: The Success Story Behind the World’s Most Unusual Workplace, and only 72 pages into it, I’m really enjoying the story so far — can’t wait to pick it back up and keep reading! Continue reading “Thoughts on time management”