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Brits are wasting the equivalent of a whole month every year checking emails

10th October 2019
Posted by Aston Avery

Constant emails, calls, meetings and overly chatty colleagues… ever feel like the modern-day workplace simply isn’t built for productivity? And no matter how hard you try; your email inbox never seems to be up to date! Well, new research has confirmed this, finding we’re wasting the equivalent of 30 working days every year on our office email alone.

Each day it seems office workers typically spend around two hours browsing their inbox, according to the new research from SoftwareONE, and suggests we need to get up to speed on new IT tools designed to boost productivity in the workplace. However, the survey also found around half of this time is wasted by accidentally re-reading messages, needlessly checking for updates and sending emails to colleagues when it is easier to speak to them face-to-face.

The research was conducted as part of National Work Life Week, to highlight how a better understanding of IT office suites can transform the work-life balance and productivity of Brits who use a computer for work. The study revealed one-fifth of office workers confessed their performance at work was hindered by their lack of IT knowledge, with 15% admitting they were too shy or embarrassed to ask for help.

Aston spoke to Juliet Landau-Pope, author and time management coach and Melissa Talago from softwareONE to discuss the research in further detail and also spoke some of the technologies that could help improve when checking emails.