The Anatomy of Work Index

How do we spend our time at work? And are the ways we’re working together actually working? In this report, we surveyed over 10,000 global workers to find out.

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Anatomy of Work

Workers spend 60% of their day
on work about work

This is nearly double the amount of time they think they’re spending on busywork—searching for information, attending meetings, and chasing approvals—instead of actual work.

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Only 27% of time is spent on skilled work

This includes tasks such as writing code or market analysis. And just 13% of time is spent on big-picture strategy and planning for the future.

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percentage spent on skilled work

Lack of clarity lowers employee engagement

Less than half of all global workers have clarity on how their individual work adds value to their organization. When they do have clarity, their motivation doubles.

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What’s getting in the way of real productivity?



Too many meetings

Too many meetings

On average, workers spend 167 hours in meetings annually. Nearly two-thirds are unnecessary meetings.

Communication overload

Communication overload

Responding to email and chat is the top reason why one-third of workers regularly stay late at the office to complete work.

Too many tools

Too many tools

Workers use about 10 different apps in their work day. The more apps they use, the more distracted they feel.

Duplication of work

Duplication of work

On average, workers spend 4.5 hours each week working on something that’s already been done.

The future: smarter tools for work management

It doesn’t have to be this way. Leading organizations like AB-InBev, Wix, Viessmann, and ClassPass are discovering more effective ways to orchestrate work with tools designed to reduce work about work.

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