Afternoon not so delightful for many workers
by AccountingWEB on
If you're constantly battling the afternoon slowdown at work, take heart because you're not alone. A recent survey of senior managers confirms the late afternoon is the most common time for workers to hit the proverbial wall.
Thirty-seven percent of managers surveyed said 4 to 6 p.m. is the least productive time of day for employees. Coming in second was 2 to 4 p.m., as cited by 28 percent of respondents.
Managers were asked, "In general, what is the least productive time of day for employees?"
- 8 to 10 a.m. – 10%
- 10 a.m. to noon – 4%
- Noon to 2 p.m. – 19%
- 2 to 4 p.m. – 28%
- 4 to 6 p.m. – 37%
- Don't know – 2%
"All professionals experience lulls in productivity, but the late afternoon, in particular, may not be a good time to hold brainstorming sessions or take on highly challenging projects," said Max Messmer, chairman of Accountemps and author of Managing Your Career For Dummies. "High-performing individuals are typically attuned to their most productive times of the day and, when possible, schedule their critical tasks during those hours."
Accountemps offers five tips to help professionals avoid the afternoon slump and maximize productivity:
- Plan ahead. Don't push challenging projects off until the end of the day when your energy might be waning. Use your less-energetic periods to catch up on more routine tasks, such as responding to e-mail and reading industry publications.
- Get out and smell the roses. If you feel your energy beginning to dip, stretch or take a short walk to recharge. Try eating your meals or holding afternoon meetings outside.
- Eat well. Remember to make time for lunch and nutritious snacks throughout your workday. Avoid foods high in carbohydrates, which can cause you to crash later.
- Track goals. Keep a to-do list to remain focused and ensure it's visible on your desk so you can check items off as they're completed. There's nothing more motivating than making progress on your projects.
- Switch gears. If you're struggling to focus, take a quick break and research something new. Changing tasks can help increase your productivity late in the day.
The survey was developed by Accountemps, a Menlo Park, CA-based staffing services firm specializing in accounting and finance. It was conducted by an independent research firm and is based on telephone interviews with more than 1,000 senior managers at companies with 20 or more employees.
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