Why All that Hard Work Yields Low Result

Shivani Sinha | 23-Aug-2016

Even after compelling employees to spend a minimum of 8-10 hours in office every day, most offices see very little productivity. And it’s not always because they employed the laziest bunch of people. There’s a chance that employees even after putting hours of work, actually achieve very less.

Inefficiency makes the employees feel that they have been working the whole time, but in reality they haven’t utilized anything. The stack of work remains high, the emails are left unanswered, and the phone never stops ringing.

Yes. There may be a lot of pressure on you as you keep getting loaded with work and your boss keeps breathing over your shoulder. But after detailed analysis, there have been a lot of shocking results that reveal the extent of our unintended procrastination.

1. Staring at the clock tick by time:

A staggering 89% of people have admitted to wasting time at work on a daily basis.

For all our cribbing that 24 hours for a day is barely cutting it, most of us do a poor job in actually using our time.

Staring at the clock tick by time

Thus this cycle keeps haunting us. Even after breaking from this reverie, when we sit down to get stuff done, most of us end up wasting time in that duration too.

Look at the diagram below, that Cross Over analysed:

Working at Work

There are a lot of explanations for this. Managing work isn’t easy as it sounds. Take a look at another Cross Over illustration:

Time wasters at the office

Ever wondered why you can’t keep that 5pm deadline? Maybe you have some answers now.

Also, the day depends:

Is Timing Everything

2. Productivity Killers

Imagine the scenario. That annoying co-worker kept blabbering about some recent development in her life that you had no interest in whatsoever. Somehow you manage to untangle yourself from that web of gossip only to find yourself being summoned by your not-so-nice boss. You finish slogging there and then go to your desk to *finally* start on some pending assignment. Barely 10 minutes later, when you had just gotten involved in it, your phone will ring and a new menace will crop up.

Trying to finish work amidst all such distractions is no less than a Herculean feat. And in such a heavily connected social world, there will always be someone trying to get in touch with you – be it Skype, Email, WhatsApp or any other thing under the sun – and it’s all urgent. Constant interruptions happen at an exasperating interval of every three minutes.

And while, they may be pertaining to the work you’re doing, they increase your unproductivity. Every time you attend that phone call or get distracted from work, it may take up to 25 minutes to get readjusted.

Results? Decreased Productivity. Increased Levels of Stress

Interruptions a Productivity Killer

3. Disengagement of employees:

A major part of why there are such excessive unproductivity rates in offices can be chalked out because of the high levels of resentment in the employees. A lot of employees are stuck in jobs that they despise and the hostile stress overloaded environment does little to help them.

87% of the workforce underperform because they feel disengaged.

And 63% aren’t excited by their work. Doing for the sake of doing doesn’t guarantee optimum productivity. Chugging down cups of coffee to get through the day, these employees do the bare minimum that is expected of them.  And if that’s not already pathetic, 24% are completely disengaged from their work.

Employee Engagement Infographic

These employees are the root of all the pessimism and negativity flowing around in your office. Dissatisfaction breeds misery and also seeps into those who keep a more cheerful outlook of the world. Absence of passion leads to a low morale which has a direct correlation with productivity.

Reasons Why Employees Feel Disengaged:

  1. They do not appreciate their work. Their interests lie somewhere else. They are here because they need money. 23% have admitted to being just bored in their offices.

  2. 35% feel that their potential hasn’t been utilized. They are made to do donkey work – something they hadn’t signed up for

  3. There are hardly any incentives to work harder, to go that extra mile.

  4. 18% feel they are grossly underpaid. For the amount of hard work they put in their job, they are under compensated, leaving them dissatisfied.

If there are employees walking around like Dementors, sucking happiness from others by criticizing their work or emphasising why the job they are doing is pointless, the work environment becomes extremely unpleasant.

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About the Author
Shivani Sinha
A Master degree holder is a Content Developer and an SEO specialist. Having more than 6 years of experience into content development and marketing, she has contributed substantially in this arena. She is good at brainstorming and fast in writing crispy content, bold slogans, catchy captions and punchy one liners. Her stories are well researched and provide for an interesting read. She enjoys working in association with entrepreneurs while spearheading business launches providing marketing advice.