10 Surprising Facts and Statistics About Productivity

Last updated on January 23rd, 2018 at 04:21 pm

Do you want to be more productive at work? Do you want your staff to be more productive? If so, read my 10 Surprising Facts and Statistics about productivity.

1.Listening to music while doing technological work means that you can complete work faster and to a higher quality standard than if not listening to music. Study by Teresa Lesiuk from the University of Windsor, Canada

2.Workers are more productive (better time management, interpersonal performance and effectiveness) on days where they exercise in the morning before work. University of Bristol study, titled exercising at work and self-reported work performance.

3.Tuesday is the most productive day of the week. Study by Account Temps

4.Adults who regularly get been 7.5 and 9 hours sleep per night can be up to 20% more productive. Harvard Medical School

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5.After working 40 hours in a week, productivity decreases by 50%. Business Insider article

6.Modest ambient background noise of about 70 Decibels, (background noise of a coffee shop or TV set),  stimulates the creative centres of the brain, increasing your capacity for abstract or creative thought. Ravi Mehta, University of Chicago Press

7.Only 11% of new hires fail because they lack the necessary technical skills. Most new hires fail due to a lack of cultural or attitude fit to the organization/department they are working in. Leadership IQ.

8.Drinking alcohol in specified amounts, leading to a moderate intoxication level of .075 can boost creative thinking. Study by the University of Illinois, Chicago.

9.The best times of day to cold call some one for maximum effect are 8-9am and 4-5pm. Kellogg School of Management

10. Power Posing (open arms, hands on hips, straight back, chest out), boosts testosterone levels and reduces cortisone levels, increasing confidence and reducing stress. Joint study by Columbia University and Harvard. If you feel that you struggle to make a visual statement and lack confidence when presenting you’ll need to listen to this 4.5 out 5 star rated audiobook titled, Presence written by Amy Cuddy. This Harvard Professor galvanised viewers around the world with her TEDTalk on ‘power poses’. In this book she shows you how to you science to become self assured in pressurized moments.

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