Productivity is one of the most important metrics when it comes to building a great business and it pays to know when best to rally the troops or retreat and live to fight another day.
According to a survey conducted by JobBuzz, the first two hours of work are the most productive period for most Indian employees. The period managers should expect the least amount of interest from their troops? The two hours after lunch.
Over 65% of the respondents said that they were most productive in the first two hours after reaching office, while the two hours post-lunch was seen as the least productive period by 70% of the respondents.
Hours Spent At Work
Of all the people surveyed, 63% worked between 8-10 hours while the rest reported they worked 6-8 hours. Regardless of the time spent at work, most respondents voted for the first two hours of work being the most productive.
Nearly 70% of those who work 8-10 hours a day and 64% of those who work between 6-8 hours a day voted for the first two hours of work to be the most productive. This clearly shows that spending more time at the office doesn’t really assure that more quality work gets done.
In terms of experience, the more an employee has of it, the more probable it is that the first two hours at work are their most productive. Over 80% of senior and experienced professionals said they were most productive in the first two hours.
Entry and mid-level employees too voted for the first two hours being their most productive, but they also felt the last two hours were quite productive.
Male v/s Female
Of the respondents that took part in the survey, 56% were comprised of male and 44% female. While 88% of the male respondents said the first two hours of work were the most productive, only 37% females shared the opinion.
A further 32% of the female respondents found that the two hours before lunch was the most productive period in their work day. This shows that more female than male employees are productive post lunch.
The Monday Culture
The survey found that 45% of the respondents said Monday was the most productive day of the week, while 19% voted for Wednesday. The least productive day of the week turned out to be Thursday.
The percentage of employees who felt Monday was the most productive went up to 50% in the case of startups. 40% of the respondents working for large corporations said Monday was the most productive day, while 30% voted for Wednesday.In terms of experience, 80% of employees with over 5 years experience voted for Monday being the most productive day. When it came to entry and mid-level employees however there was a 50-50 split between Monday and Wednesday being the most productive day.
In terms of experience, 80% of employees with over 5 years experience voted for Monday being the most productive day. When it came to entry and mid-level employees, however, there was a 50-50 split between Monday and Wednesday being the most productive day.