How Meetings and Emails Hurt Productivity, Morale

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 2016-11-08 Email

Employees are spending a significantly smaller portion of their workday focusing on their primary job duties, and that's keeping them in the office longer, according to a recent survey from Workfront. While the vast majority of professionals surveyed said they feel productive, they also indicated that they're constantly getting sidetracked by useless meetings, excessive emails and unnecessary oversight, i.e., micro-management. Many said they'd get more accomplished during the day if they had uninterrupted blocks of time, more efficient work processes and better business tools. "Meetings and email are a necessary part of today's workplace," said Joe Staples, chief marketing officer at Workfront. "Unfortunately, they are often misused, decreasing, rather than increasing, productivity. … It's really about providing the tools that allow businesses to focus on the right work, create their best work, and deliver that work faster than ever before." In addition, the findings provide insights into workplace morale, team-related conflicts and even the shrinking "lunch hour," and we've included those here. More than 600 U.S. workers took part in the research, which was conducted by Regina Corso Consulting.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

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