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Pushing the pedal on productivity

Thursday December 24, 2015 Written by  Retain Canada
Santa’s not the only one making a list and checking it twice: many employees also shift into high gear as the holidays approach.

According to a new Accountemps survey, 25 per cent of workers polled said they become more productive on the job a week before a major holiday. Meanwhile, 67 per cent of professionals said the approach of a major holiday makes no difference to their productivity, and eight per cent reported that their output wanes during this period.

“The pressures of preparing for the holidays may affect productivity levels at work, especially when combined with increased out-of-office messages and mounting workloads,” said Dianne Hannam-Jones, Canadian president of Accountemps. “With more workers taking time off around the holidays, it can be challenging for companies looking to tie up year-end budgets and develop plans for the coming quarter. To ensure activity levels keep up with business demands, managers should encourage their teams to submit requests for time off as soon as possible, or consider bringing on temporary professionals to fill staffing gaps where needed.”

The survey also showed that late afternoon is when many workers experience a slump; with 22 per cent citing 4 to 6 p.m. as their least productive time of day. Most employees seem to hit their stride between 10 a.m. and noon, with just 11 per cent citing this window as their least productive time of day.

The survey includes responses from more than 270 Canadian workers 18 years of age and older who are employed in office environments.

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