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Office workers waste more time on slow tech than they spend on holiday

Warsaw, 09.09.2016
As the summer holiday season comes to a close, Sharp announces research which shows the average European office worker wastes at least 19 days each year due to slow or inefficient technology, longer than many people’s spend on paid vacation.

The biggest time drain reported was searching for files on a server – 22 minutes per day – thanks to poor search tools. Other routine time wasters include using the printer: six minutes spent daily waiting for it to warm up; and nearly nine minutes waiting for pages to come out. 

The survey of over 6,000 office workers across Europe found that this adds up to over 35 minutes wasted per employee per day, the equivalent of 148 hours or four weeks of dead time every year. All these inefficiencies cost businesses an average of 19 days per worker per year, more than a three week holiday.

Over 65% of respondents said that their workplace is out of date when it comes to technology. If their office had better technology, over a half of workers (53%) said they would be more productive, and over one in seven (14%) 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- Technology is supposed to make our lives easier and help us to work faster, however, in the real world, out-of-date technology and technology that is hard to use often slows people down, forcing them to waste time. – said Adam Bieniewski, Marketing Manager, Sharp Electronics CEE. - 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.- he added.

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).
•    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) 

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