When are we most productive and when do we fall asleep at our desks?

Tuesday 23 July, 2013

Are you an early bird, catching all the worms and ticking items off your TO DO list before the 11 am coffee break? Or are you a night owl, arriving home from work and finding yourself more alert than you were in the office?

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A research poll has revealed that the majority of employees (36 per cent) are most productive between the hours of 9 am and 11 am. In second place was early morning, before 9 am, where 31 per cent of employees are their most alert and ready to tackle tasks and duties.

The research also pointed out that sometimes, employees have two bouts when they are most productive '“ one in the morning, and one around 4:30 in the afternoon '“ most likely when they are madly rushing to get things done before leaving the office.

Employers, take note, the lowest time for productivity is between 12 and 2 pm '“ possible a combination of low energy levels before lunch and bearing a sleeping food belly after the break.

However, the research also revealed that an employee's productivity greatly depends on the industry which they work in. The majority of those (40 per cent) working in the 'consulting' category were most efficient between 7.30 pm and 10 pm whilst those in the creative industries were most productive in the early morning.

It should come as no surprise that there are also specific weekdays where employees are most productive. The Centre for Economic Performance has found that employees are most productive on Tuesday and least productive on Friday.

If you can figure out when you're most productive, you may be able to tailor your workload to suit your own personal motivation. For example, if you work best in the morning, save more time-consuming tasks for the start of the day and leave those jobs which require less concentration for the afternoon. If your employees work best in the morning, make sure you hold staff and client meetings early on to get the most out of everyone.

Let OneShift know what time of the day you are most productive!


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