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Productivity Facts Every Employee Should Know

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These productivity tips from Accountemps can empower you to take control of your time. Find out why your small business should save your most important tasks for Tuesdays.

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Productivity Facts Every Employee Should Know

  1. 1. accountemps.com © 2016 Accountemps. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. AT-0216 Productivity: Is Timing Everything? Productivity Facts Every Employee Should Know
  2. 2. © 2016 Accountemps. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. AT-0216 On which day of the week are employees generally most productive? TUESDAYS I If you need to work on a big project, save it for a Tuesday. * 39% 14% 17% 24% 3% Monday Tuesday Wednesday Friday No particular day 3% Thursday Tuesday Packs the Biggest Productivity Punch * 2013 Accountemps survey of more than 300 human resources managers at U.S. companies with 20 or more employees. accountemps.com
  3. 3. © 2016 Accountemps. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. AT-0216 Tuesday Packs the Biggest Productivity Punch Hard to focus on the task at hand? It must be Friday, when employees are least productive. 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday No Particular Day %ofRespondents 2013 2007 2002 1998 1987 Tuesday consistently takes top honors for most productive day of the week: * ** ** ** ** * 2013 Accountemps survey of more than 300 human resources managers at U.S. companies with 20 or more employees. ** Accountemps survey of 150 executives from the nation’s 1,000 largest companies. accountemps.com
  4. 4. © 2016 Accountemps. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. AT-0216 Don’t Schedule That 4 p.m. Meeting! Most employees have mentally checked out from 4p.m. to 6p.m. Try focusing on critical tasks in the morning for optimum productivity. In general, what is the least productive time of day for employees? 8 a.m. - 10 a.m. 10 a.m. - noon Noon - 2 p.m. 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. No particular time 10% 4% 19% 28% 2% 37% *** *** 2010 Accountemps survey of more than 1,000 senior managers at companies with 20 or more employees. accountemps.com
  5. 5. © 2016 Accountemps. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. AT-0216 Need a Reason to Take a Vacation? With their batteries and brains recharged, employees are generally more productive after a vacation. Don’t let your mind wander too much before a holiday. 34% Are employees more productive before or after a vacation? **** 31% 14% After a vacation Before a vacation No difference Don’t know4% 51% of executives say worker productivity takes a hit the week before a major holiday. *** *** 2010 Accountemps survey of more than 1,000 senior managers at companies with 20 or more employees. **** 2004 Accountemps survey of 150 executives from the nation’s 1,000 largest companies. accountemps.com
  6. 6. © 2016 Accountemps. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. AT-0216 The Productivity Power Play following a vacation is the most productive time and day for employees. 10 a.m. - noon Tuesday on a Accountemps, the world’s first and largest specialized staffing service for temporary accounting, finance and bookkeeping professionals, has been tracking workplace productivity trends for decades. Tuesday accountemps.com

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