Just half of executives say their time spent at work aligns with their organizations’ strategic
priorities. Great support makes a big difference.
Senior executives often struggle to manage their time, though that time is
arguably among individuals’ and organizations’ most precious assets. This survey sought to
find out how and where executives spend their time and how satisfied they are with the
The results begin to highlight a few areas where executives could make
small changes that would lead to meaningful improvements in their effectiveness
More than half of all executives—57 percent—say they are at least somewhat satisfied
with how they spend their working time. But only 9 percent of respondents say they are “very
satisfied” and a full one-third are dissatisfied. The data show a fundamental mismatch
between where executives say they currently spend their time and where they want to, while
only 52 percent of respondents say the way they spend their time largely matches their
organizations’ strategic priorities.