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Productivity: Is Timing Everything?

Productivity Facts Every Employee Should Know

Tuesday Packs the Biggest Productivity Punch

If you need to work on a big project, save it for a Tuesday.

On which day of the week are employees generally most productive?*

24% Monday
39% Tuesday
14% Wednesday
3% Thursday
3% Friday
17% No particular day

Tuesday consistently takes top honors for most productive day of the week

Hard to focus on the task at hand?

It must be Friday, when employees are least productive.

Don’t schedule that 4 p.m. Meeting!

Most employees have mentally checked out from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

In general, what is the least productive time of day for employees?***

8 a.m. – 10 a.m. 10%
10 a.m. – noon 4%
Noon – 2 p.m. 19%
2 p.m. – 4 p.m. 28%
4 p.m. – 6 p.m. 37%
No particular time 2%

Try focusing on critical tasks in the morning for optimum productivity.

Need a Reason to Take a Vacation?

With their batteries and brains recharged, employees are generally more productive after a vacation.

Are employees more productive before or after a vacation?****

51% After a vacation
31% Before a vacation
14% No difference
4% Don’t know

Don’t let your mind wander too much before a holiday.

34% of executives say worker productivity takes a hit the week before a major holiday.***

The Productivity Power Play

10 a.m. – noon on a Tuesday following a vacation is the most productive time and day for employees.

Accountemps, the world’s first and largest specialized staffing service for temporary accounting, finance and bookkeeping professionals, has been tracking workplace productivity trends for decades.

* 2013 Accountemps survey of more than 300 human resources managers of U.S. companies with 20 or more employees.

** Accountemps survey of 150 executives from the nation’s 1,000 largest companies.

*** 2010 Accountemps survey of more than 1,000 senior managers at companies with 20 or more employees.

**** 2004 Accountemps survey of 150 executives from the nation’s 1,000 largest companies.

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