Lack of Energy at the Workplace

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The lack of energy could well be a primary obstacle to productivity at your workplace, as seen in some American employees (4%) who report being tired after just ONE hour of work! A recent study found that the greatest challenges to workplace productivity are lack of energy and too much to do. Employed adults ages 18-54 (14%) were three times more likely than those ages 55+ (3%) to start feeling less productive within the first three hours of their workday. In today’s fast-paced economy, an average workday is rarely confined to eight hours. This poses a major challenge for today’s workforce, increasing the need to stay alert, energized and focused to get everything done.

With the year-end holidays looming around the corner, the survey showed that nearly half of U.S. employees ages 25-49 may be working at lower productivity rates in expectation of a holiday break; 48% agree that their productivity at work diminishes just before, or immediately following, a holiday or a planned vacation. Those ages 25-49 in the South (55%) are more likely than those in the West (41%) to admit that. When looking at all U.S. employees, women (47%) are more likely than men (40%) to admit this is true for them.

KEY SURVEY FINDINGS:

When Productivity Diminishes

  • One-in-ten (11%) employed U.S. adults feel their productivity diminishes within the first three hours of their workday.
  • One-in-twenty (5%) American employees age 25-49 admit they begin to feel their productivity start to diminish in the first hour of their workday.
  • More than half (57%) of U.S. workers claim their productivity diminishes 4-8 hours into their day.
  • Employed adults ages 18-34 and those ages 45-54 (both 7%) are more likely than those 55+ (1%) to feel their productivity diminish in the first hour of their workday.
  • Those with children under 18 in their household are more likely than those with no children to get tired within the first three hours of work (17% vs 8%).
    • Employed adults with kids younger than six years old in their household were more likely than those with children age 6-17 present in their household to say this (25% vs 14%).

From: Harris Interactive and Red Bull

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