Failure to Produce


Maybe it’s the lousy Smarch weather, maybe it’s the tease of of spring that came and went way too quickly. At any rate, the amount of work that needs to be done–and the time allotted to complete it–seems to be at an imbalance of late. And it’s not just me. Workfront’s latest report on the State of Enterprise Work shows that it’s true, too. Here are the key findings of the report:

  • 39% – the average percentage of time respondents are able to dedicate to job-specific tasks
  • 21% – percentage of time spent in meetings
  • 16% – percentage of time answering emails
  • 95% – percentage of workers experiencing conflict with other teams

So when you feel like you don’t have enough time to finish projects or put in the effort you want to at work because your time is divided between meetings and emails and other distractions? You’re right. You probably aren’t being given enough time to perform your work duties. Particularly if you have a supervisor and/or coworkers who are fairly email-and-meeting happy.

The percentage of workers experiencing conflict with other teams is worrisome as well. Some might attribute to the political climate, which alternately empowers/dis-empowers conflicting ideologies. Silos have long been issues in large work environments; it seems that the issues won’t be fixed overnight. In the meantime, start to chant a mantra based on kumbaya, I suppose.

Has there ever been a stronger case for the work-from-home movement? Methinks not. But, in case you’re still not on board, check out this fact: the top office pet peeve is loud-talking co-workers. No wonder people wouldn’t mind trading in the office commute and grind for the comfort and silence of their own home office.

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