HR Strange But True

Want Productive Workers? You May Be in the Wrong Industry

Productivity and employee engagement go hand in hand. Without engaged employees, you get unproductive people. However, it may not be your workers who are to blame; it could just be the industry you’re in!

Paychex recently looked at how much time employees are wasting on the job and crafted its findings into the report, Lost Minutes: Employee Time-Wasting Examined. The report features over 2,000 employee responses from a survey Paychex conducted across various industries in the United States. The report uncovers which industry, region, and generation waste the most or least time at work. The report also highlights which methods that are used to reduce wasted time are the most or least effective.

In terms of industry, Paychex reports that the construction industry wastes the least amount of time on the job. Coming in at 61%, most construction workers waste less than an hour a day. Coming in second and third are the hospitality industry (59.4%) and the publishing industry (57.1%), respectively. The industry that wastes the most time: utilities. Paychex reports that the utility industry wastes 3 or more hours of work per day (17.4%). Telecommunications (15.2%) and government and public administration (14.4%) follow behind in second and third place, respectively.

Looking at regions, areas that include Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin waste the most time. While the Mountain states and the West Coast waste the least amount of time. Paychex also found that areas featuring the hardest workers (regions that work 8 or more hours a day) include states such as Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. The region that works the least (working at least 8 hours a day) is the mid-Atlantic, including states such as New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.

The Paychex report also found that the most ineffective measures used to reduce wasted time include website blockers (31.49%), implemented Internet policies (10.30%), and a more casual dress code (2.18%). However, flexible schedules (11.78%), increased manager presence (10.79%), and incentives (7.92%) were found to be the most effective in reducing wasted time.

For more information and to view the full report, click here.

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