Workers Most Productive at the Beginning of the Week and Early in the Day

While few people enjoy getting up and going to work on Monday after a wonderful weekend off, surprisingly once at the office people seem to be doing a better job than they do during the rest of the week.

A new Accountemps survey finds that workers’ productivity is best on Mondays and Tuesdays, especially in the morning. In fact, 29% of workers say their productivity peeks on Monday, while 27% say it’s Tuesday. But those numbers start to severely decrease as the week goes on, with only 20% saying they are most productive on Wednesday, followed by 13% on Thursday and 11% on Friday.

And while some people just aren’t morning people, it seems 44% of workers admit they are most productive in the early morning, with 31% saying they peek in the late morning. The rest of the day may as well be a wash, with only 2% saying they do their best work at lunchtime and another 2% who like to burn the midnight oil.

So, what things keep employees from being as productive as they could be? Well, the top distraction during the workday is chatty co-workers (32%), followed by:

  • Office noise (22%)
  • Unnecessary conference calls and meetings (20%)
  • Cellphone use (15%)
  • Unnecessary emails (11%) 

Source: Accountemps

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