Monday and Tuesday, especially in the morning, are when employees are most productive, suggests new research from staffing firm Accountemps. More than half of workers surveyed in Canada said their productivity peaks at the beginning of the week, with Tuesday (35%) edging out Monday (25%) by ten points. After Hump Day (18%), worker productivity dips: 12% of employees do their best work on Thursdays, followed by 10% on Fridays.
Many professionals said they accomplish more work at the start of the day: 41% are most productive in the early morning and 31% in late morning, compared to 3% who like to burn the midnight oil. It's probably best to avoid scheduling meetings at noon: only 2% of workers surveyed said they get the most work done at lunchtime.
For peak productivity, where is as important as when to work, but employees are divided: 44% of workers say they work best in a private office with a closed door, according to the survey. Meanwhile, 33% prefer working in an open office with coworkers, followed by 19% who say they are most productive when working from home.
Employees were also asked about the single biggest distraction that impacts their productivity during the workday. Coworkers who are too chatty and social topped the list (28%), followed by office noise and unnecessary conference calls/meetings (tie; 23%), unnecessary emails (20%) and cell phone use (7%).