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Workplace Statistics

Published May 14, 2014 6:01 AM by Scott Warner

The Internet is an amazing place. The other day I found a page compiling “Time Management Statistics” maintained by a workforce productivity site called Key Organization Systems. Assuming they are accurate, I’ve rearranged a few for context:

In one survey of middle managers, 59% lost important information because they couldn’t find it. Almost all information (95%) of information is still printed on paper, with an average worker printing 45 sheets per day. 15% of this paper is lost, while 40% is discarded by the next day. About 70% of waste from offices is paper.

The number one time waster is “too many meetings.” The average office worker spends four hours per week in meetings, most of it wasted. What’s surprising is that 45% of senior executives feel meetings should be banned once a week. Useless meetings cost U.S. businesses $37 billion per year.

Nearly a third of the workforce gets less than 6 hours of sleep a night. Sleep deprivation now costs U.S. companies $63.2 billion each year in lost productivity. Twenty percent of auto accidents are caused by lack of sleep. Despite the need for more rest, only 38% of employees take all their earned vacation days. Indeed, 70% of employees work extra hours, including weekends.

That all sounds right to me.

Since my career began I’ve seen paper usage explode and all of us expected to do a lot more with a lot less. Much of this extra work involves printing paper, moving paper, scanning paper, and using a computer on top of all the paper. Hardly any of this helps patients directly. Since becoming a manager I’ve suffered countless hours in stupid meetings just trying to stay awake. Hopefully my meetings are better, but most participants are conditioned by the somnambulance of dozens of meetings each month that regurgitate what happens at other meetings. Meetings about meetings that decide when to have more meetings.

Sleep is a consistency in my life, but I probably don’t get enough of it. Maybe, I should spend less time surfing the net.

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    Scott Warner, MLT(ASCP)
    Occupation: Laboratory Manager
    Setting: Critical Access Hospital
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