Workplace Productivity Peaks On Tuesday

Posted by | December 18, 2013 | Career Blog

Have a challenging project to tackle? Take it up on Tuesday, a new survey from Accountemps suggests. Thirty-three per cent of human resources (HR) managers interviewed rank Tuesday as the most productive day of the week. Thursday and Friday tied for the least productive day, each receiving just 5 and 6 per cent of the responses, respectively.

The fact that Tuesday was cited as most productive comes as no surprise; it’s held the top spot in similar productivity surveys since 2001.

The most recent survey was developed by Accountemps, the world’s first and largest specialized staffing service for temporary accounting, finance and bookkeeping professionals. It was conducted by an independent research firm and is based on interviews with more than 300 HR managers at Canadian companies.

HR managers were asked, “In your opinion, on which day of the week are employees generally most productive? Their responses:

Monday 14%
Tuesday 33%
Wednesday 23%
Thursday 5%
Friday 6%
No particular day 18%
Don’t know    1%
100%

 

“Monday is often spent on tying up loose ends from the week before and planning for the upcoming week or at team status meetings,” said Greg Scileppi, president of Robert Half, International Staffing Operations. “By Tuesday, we’ve started to make a dent in the week’s to-do list and have the time to focus on individual tasks, resulting in more productivity. The trick is always how to keep the momentum going throughout the week, which is a challenge come Thursday and Friday when the weekend is in sight.”

About Accountemps
Accountemps is the world’s first and largest specialized staffing service for temporary accounting, finance and bookkeeping professionals. The company has more than 345 offices worldwide and offers online job search services at accountemps.com.

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