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43% of Americans categorize themselves as disorganized, and 21% have missed vital work deadlines. Nearly half say disorganization causes them to work late at least 2 or times each week.Jane Von Bergen, "So many reasons to neaten up..." Boston Globe 3/12/2006Esselte survey, David Lewis
Open screens on desktops, files on the desk, and coworkers all distracted workers so that only 55% of work was resumed immediately. Productivity in the business sector has been increasing by only 3% since 2000.Herman Miller Inc., "The Siren Song of Multitasking," 2007
In surveying 1000 middle managers of large companies in the U.S. and U.K., 59% miss important information almost every day because it exists within the company but they cannot find it.Accenture, Wall Street Journal, 5/14/2007
15% of all paper handled in businesses is lost, according the Delphi Group, a Boston consultancy, and 30 percent of all employees' time is spent trying to find lost documents. Jane M. Von Bergen (Knight Ridder Newspapers), The Boston Globe, 3/21/2006
Executives waste six weeks per year searching for lost documents.From a survey of 2,600 executives by Esselte, maker of Pendaflex and Dymo, FastCompany Magazine, 8/2004
White collar workers waste an average of 40% of their workday. Not because they aren't smart, but because they were never taught organizational skills to cope with the increasing workloads and demands. - Wall Street Journal