Low-Productivity Workers Are Active for a Mere 90 Minutes Per Day, Prodoscore Data Reveals

Prodoscore, the leader in employee visibility and productivity intelligence software, announced proprietary data that exposes the disparity of daily productivity levels between employees, with low-productivity individuals contributing approximately 90 minutes per day of productive work. The resulting report suggests that low-productivity employees comprise approximately 10% of any organization.

These insights into employee productivity will be essential to any company as they consider their return to work plans and look at assessing their employees’ productivity.

Looking at data from January 2020 to April 2021, Prodoscore examined over 21.7 million data points collected from close to 3,000 U.S.-based employees and 140 organizations. Employees with low-productivity ratings represented 11.7% of the sample; employees with average productivity ratings, 72.7% of the sample; and employees with high productivity ratings, 16.1% of the sample.

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“One of the essential benefits of our technology is that it creates visibility into how employees are engaged each day,” says David Powell, President of Prodoscore. “Having more than 10% of your employees register such low rates of productivity and high gap times can negatively impact the health and morale of your company. Even doubling the 90 minutes of activity of a low-productivity worker to 180 minutes (3 hours) is only 40% of an eight-hour day – still not the level of engagement you hope to see in your employees. Our data also unpacks a troubling trend: based on hours worked, your least productive employees are earning more per hour than your most productive employees.”

The Least Productive Employees Earn More per Hour

Compensation for an employee working 90 minutes per day and earning $60,000 annually, converts to an average hourly rate of $121.50, with an adjusted annual salary of $252,653. For an employee with average rates of productivity, compensation drops to $53 per hour and an adjusted salary of $111,000. For the highest performers, it drops to $44 per hour and an annual adjusted salary of $91,254.

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Gap Times Range Between 45%-80%

With low-productivity workers contributing for only 90 minutes – or around 20% – of an eight-hour day, 80% of that day is considered “gap time” – time that is unaccounted for. In effect, a low-productivity worker is wasting $48,0000 of a $60,000 annual salary.

High- and average-productivity individuals are doing productive work for around four hours (240 minutes) with approximately 58.5% of their day registering as gap time. They tend to start their days earlier and end later than low-productivity individuals.

Gap time for the three productivity levels is highest at the beginning of the day. The low-productivity group takes approximately two hours to show a decrease in gap time, suggesting they are slower to start their day, compared to one hour for average- and high-productivity employees. Also, the low-productivity group shows more than 15 minutes of gap time per hour throughout the day, while average/high-productivity employees show less than 10 minutes.

High- and average-productivity employees can have bad days and weeks, but the data shows they are just that – bad days – and they “bounce back” relatively quickly (within 1-1.5 weeks). Low-productivity workers that make improvements take much longer (more than 3 weeks).

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