Confirming our worst fears, those long, boring meetings have been identified as a huge waste of time in the working day. A report by global workplace provider Regus shows that lengthy meetings are hampering Australian workers’ output, with 54 per cent claiming this is their biggest productivity killer.
Coming in second place was IT glitches at 47 per cent. And let’s face it, who hasn’t pulled their hair out at a frozen document, slow internet or printer that doesn’t work?
For those busy out-of-office types, traffic jams (37 per cent) were also a huge interruption for those jetting off to meetings and between workplaces.
Other big delays and interruptions in the working day include inbound cold calls, long drives to meetings, and their smartphone battery dying.
The report also showed 51 per cent of Australians are most productive in the morning, compared with just five per cent of people identifying as night owls.
What causes the greatest delays or worst interruptions in your working day?
- Lengthy meetings
- IT glitches
- Traffic jams
- Transport delays
- Cold calls (inbound)
- Conference calls
- Long drives to meetings
- Road works
- Smartphone battery dying
- Transport network works
When it comes to workers outside the office, 67 per cent of Australians found a professional setting in their own home was their most productive environment, although for those who didn’t have a home office, it dropped to 38 per cent.
Unsurprisingly, noisy and disruptive venues like public libraries and hotel bars and lounges were at the bottom of the list, with only eight per cent and three per cent of workers valuing those working settings respectively.
CEO of Regus Australia and New Zealand, Paul Migliorini, said: “In today’s business climate, where many professionals now have the option to work outside of the main business environment, its important to identify what the biggest productivity killers are so that these can be avoided.”
So next time you’re looking at your watch in a meeting thinking of what you should be doing instead, remember you’re not alone.
A quick glance around the table should show plenty of people in the same boat as you. If all else fails, don’t forget to charge your phone for a sneaky game of Pokémon while you’re there.