What Helps—and Hurts—Employee Productivity
Apparently, we can come up with all kinds of excuses for not being productive. For example, we might say, "It's too hot in here." Or "It's hard to focus when I constantly get dragged into meetings." Or "How am I supposed to accomplish anything when the weather is this great?" Yes, these and other classic complaints made the list of top office productivity drains, as compiled from a recent survey from Staples Advantage. And here's a not-so-surprising finding: Technology (or the lack of it) remains a key driver of workplace performance. Fortunately, Staples is happy to present the good along with the bad, so we've included the top drivers of office productivity, as well as the productivity drains. "We're seeing a trend in the right direction, with workers and managers saying they're more productive now than five years ago," says Tom Heisroth, senior vice president for Staples Advantage. "Providing employees with the right tools and resources is essential to improving office-wide productivity." An estimated 250 office workers and 250 organization managers took part in the research.