Time wasting on the job all part of a day’s work

Counter productive: The average employee wastes 50 minutes a day on work that will either be binned or not used. Photo: iStockEver feel like your job is a waste of time? You might be right – at least about a portion of your day, new research into how Australians work has found.
Nanjing Night Net

The average employee wastes 50 minutes a day on work that will either be binned or not used, a twice-yearly survey of thousands of Australian workers by consultants EY has found.

EY (formerly Ernst & Young) also found that planned, top-down organisational change by companies was having a smaller impact on workplace practices than individual efforts of employees.

The survey is the fifth the consulting group has produced since 2011 tracking the productivity of the Australian workforce.

The company’s Neil Plumridge said the most recent study – based on a survey of 2100 employees spanning seven industries and from the private and public sectors – showed the personal productivity of workers continuing to increase.

But productivity improvements among the public service were proving more difficult to come by, he said, largely because of the ”ongoing churn” of senior managers within departments.

The surveys also asked each six months about how workers spent their working day, and defined as ”wasted time” any activity that led to work being binned, not used, being repeated, or that is also being done by someone else in the organisation at the same time. It found this ”time wastage’ had not improved since 2011, with the average worker continuing to waste 11 per cent of their day, or 50 minutes.

The report found that workers who felt less secure were also likely to be less productive. ”If you push that job security and fear factor too far, it can be counter productive,” Mr Plumridge said.

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