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The Top Workplace Productivity Killers, Email Mistakes, and Overused Buzzwords

by Ayaz Nanji  |  
October 3, 2017
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Enterprise workers say wasteful meetings and excessive emails are the top productivity killers at their jobs, according to recent research from Workfront.

The report was based on data from a survey conducted in June 2017 among 2,001 US respondents, all of whom are employed by a company with at least 500 employees and who are "knowledge workers" (they work primarily on a computer and collaborate with other people on projects).

Some 57% of respondents say wasteful meetings get in the way of their work, and 53% say excessive emails get in the way of their work.

Respondents say they spend just 44% of their workweek performing the primary duties of their jobs, on average.

The rest of the time is split between emails (15%, on average), administrative tasks (11%), useful meetings (10%), nonessential tasks (8%), wasteful meetings (8%), and everything else (4%).


Respondents say the biggest email mistakes in the workplace are using lengthy messages to relay information that should be conveyed face-to-face, and being forced to follow lengthy email threads.


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Ayaz Nanji is an independent digital strategist and a co-founder of ICW Content, a marketing agency specializing in content creation for brands and businesses. He is also a research writer for MarketingProfs. He has worked for Google/YouTube, the Travel Channel, AOL, and the New York Times.

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  • by Tony Madejczyk Tue Oct 3, 2017 via web

    Does "think outside the box" get over-used because people rarely want to do that? For various reasons, of course.

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