Bragging about how busy you are at work is now in style. You've been working late all week, you answer emails at home, and you even stop by the office on weekends. Employees regularly complain about work-life balance, but here's the thing... studies show we're spending less than 40% of our work day completing actual work. What gives?
Before you think we're accusing you of lazily checking your social media accounts or watching cat videos on YouTube, the National Bureau of Economic reports that this only accounts for 7% of employees' work days (roughly 34 minutes). The rest of our time is shared among answering emails, going to meetings (about half of which employees report as unproductive), and doing administrative tasks. The constant interruptions take workers off task, making them play catchup after-hours. As Inc.com states, "employees are effectively being asked to accomplish the same job in fewer hours."