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Office Workers Waste More Time on Slow Tech Than They Spend on Holiday

London, 05.09.2016
As the summer holiday season comes to a close, Sharp announces research which shows the average UK office worker wastes at least 21 days each year due to slow or inefficient technology, longer than many people’s paid annual leave1.

The biggest time drain reported was searching for files on a server – 23 minutes per day – thanks to poor search tools. Other routine time wasters include using the printer: seven minutes spent daily waiting for it to warm up; and nearly ten minutes waiting for pages to come out.

The survey of over 1,000 office workers in the UK found that this adds up to almost 40 minutes wasted per employee per day, the equivalent of 167 hours or four weeks of dead time every year, costing businesses over £2,100 per employee per year2.

Almost 80% of respondents in the UK said that their workplace is out of date when it comes to technology. If their office had better technology, nearly two thirds of workers (64%) said they would be more productive, and nearly one in five (19%) said they would stop looking for another job, suggesting a big opportunity for businesses to improve both output and staff retention.

“Technology is supposed to make our lives easier and help us to work faster, however, in the real world, out-of-date technology and technology that is hard to use often slows people down, forcing them to waste time,” comments Stuart Sykes, Managing Director, Sharp UK.

“This dead time can mean lost opportunities, lost profits and even lost employees. Businesses must wake up to the importance of connected technologies that work in sync with their employees’ changing needs and allow them to get the best out of their team, as well as making for a more motivated, more productive workplace.”

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1: Holiday Entitlement

2: Average Earnings

Notes to editors

Research was conducted with 6,045 office workers in nine EU countries (France, Germany, UK, Italy, Sweden, Poland, Netherlands, Czech Republic and Hungary), including 1,006 office workers in the UK
A working day is considered as 8 hours
A working year is considered as 250 days (excluding weekends and average number of public holidays across the nine countries surveyed)
Workers in the UK are entitled to 28 days of statutory annual leave, which can include public holidays
According to ONS, in April 2015 the median gross weekly earnings for full-time employees were £528


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