What’s Your Biggest Source of Unproductivity?

How productive do you think you are at work? Do you check off every item on your daily to-do list or are you scrambling to get things done at the end of the day?

According to an infographic produced by software developer Atlassian, the top three culprits of business unproductivity are excessive email, pointless meetings and constant interruptions. These three factors make up for 60 percent or less of work time actually being spent productively. Check out some of these interesting facts:

The average employee…

  • Receives 304 business emails weekly and checks their email 36 times per hour
  • Attends 62 meetings each month, of which 31 hours are considered “pointless” and unproductive
  • Encounters more than 50 daily interruptions and spends two hours each work day recovering from these distractions

Which of these culprits of unproductivity affect you most at work? Cast your vote in today’s poll.

What's your biggest source of unproductivity?

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C February 23, 2015 at 10:43 am

My biggest distraction is all the fantastic scientific opportunities here. I can't go through my e-mail without being enticed to think about and even read up on some possible connection or tangent to my own work. Everything is interesting, which is both blessing and curse. Curiosity boggs down the scientist.


Bonnie C February 23, 2015 at 9:44 am

My biggest obstacle to getting my work done is having to wait for someone to reply with information essential to doing a task (has the patient's insurance approved the procedure, is my P.I. schedule clear for the procedure on a specific date & time, is the patient available on a specific date & time, is the equipment available on a specific date & time, etc.). I sometimes lose the opportunity to make the procedure happen at a time when the patient is available, because other pieces of the puzzle aren't completed, and then I have to start all over again!


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