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7 Productivity Statistics that Will Change the Way You Work

We’re all set in our ways, especially when it comes to work. From our computer desktop to our actual desktop, we have it arranged a particular way for a reason. You probably even have a specific productivity routine you use to start and finish your day. Ever wonder if your routines and procedures are limiting your productivity? You may decide to shake up your day-to-day routine after reading these productivity statistics! Chances are, one or more of these will stand out to you and sound like a good idea for you to implement into your daily mix. Not just the napping one, either…

These stats are sourced from various studies found around the web, all of which provide unique ways to boost your productivity.

The highest-performing 10% of workers tend to work for 52 minutes followed by a 17-minute break

productivity statsThe productivity app, DeskTime, did a study reviewing work habits of its users. They found that the highest-performing 10 percent tended to work for 52 consecutive minutes followed by a 17-minute break. Employees spent this 17 minutes talking with colleagues, taking a walk, or doing exercises. So there you have it…want to get more done? Take a break each hour!

Source: A Formula for Perfect Productivity: Work for 52 Minutes, Break for 17

61% of employees agree that loud coworkers are the number one distraction at work

Ask.com recently conducted a study in which 61% of respondents agreed that loud coworkers are the number one distraction at work. This study also found that 86% of employees prefer to work alone. We’re not saying you need to lock yourself up in solitary, but based on these stats you may want to spend the majority of your work day alone in the peace and quiet.

Source: 7 Things That Kill Your Productivity At Work

Sleep deprivation costs American companies $63.2 billion a year in lost productivity

Break Time

It’s not often you’re encouraged to sleep on the job, but according to a recent study you may be more productive if you do. This study (and many others) shows that naps improve functioning and memory skill in a variety of situations, from air traffic control to basketball. Although the length of the nap differs, they all agree that resting during the day is beneficial for job performance. Check out the full study to see the statistics!

Source: Relax! You’ll Be More Productive

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Employee output falls sharply after a 50-hour work-week

Think burning the midnight oil each day means you get more done? Think again. A recent study from Stanford University says otherwise. According to the study, productivity drops off sharply after a 50-hour work week and is essentially nonexistent after 55 hours. Continued long hours are also correlated to absenteeism and turnover, so think twice before you commit to “work martyrdom.”

Source: Memo to work martyrs: Long hours make you less productive

Happiness makes people  12% more productive

Happy Face

The University of Warwick conducted a study that found that happiness makes an employee 12% more productive. 4 different experiments were used to gather this information and they all supported the same conclusion: Keep employees happy and they’ll work harder.

Source: New study shows we work harder when we are happy

Multitasking can decrease productivity by 40%

You might think you’re multitasking, but really you are simply “task-switching.” If you REALLY want to get things done, stick to one task at a time and work at it until it’s complete. This study says multitasking can decrease productivity by 40%. Wow!

Source: The Horrifying Truth About Multitasking And Productivity

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Telecommuters tend to be 14% more productive than their office bound colleagues

A Stanford University study says that telecommuters tend to be 14% more productive than their office bound colleagues. Slip this stat on a memo to your boss next week to let him or her know you’d be happy to get more done around the office (from the comfort of your own home!).

Source: Telecommuting Can Boost Productivity and Job Performance

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10 Time Management Hacks to Turn You Into a Productivity Machine

8 Interesting Techniques to Wake Up Early from Quora

Any of these ring true to you? What keeps you productive?

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