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Workers More Productive Today Than Five Years Ago; Still Room For Improvement

Staples Canada and Staples Advantage Canada offer solutions to improve worker productivity

TORONTO, June 26, 2013 /CNW/ - While technology limitations and employee burnout rank high on the list of things that decrease productivity, more than 70 per cent of both employers and employees believe that Canadian workers are more productive today than they were five years ago, according to a recent survey from Staples Canada, leader in office supplies and Canada's largest online retailer, and Staples Advantage Canada, the business-to-business division of Staples.

For 55 per cent of employers and employees, mobile technology is important and viewed as aiding productivity in the workplace today while 40 per cent feel break times are beneficial. Telecommuting is viewed as an option that increases productivity among 58 per cent of companies that allow their employees the flexibility to work remotely.

On the other hand, both employers and employees feel that technology limitations (56 per cent), employee burnout (44 per cent) and non-collaborative work environments (36 per cent) are the top three reasons for decreased productivity in the workplace.

Both employers and employees agree that there are a number of other hurdles to productivity including the selection of the wrong items to meet office needs, such as office supplies, furniture, technology and cleaning supplies is also limiting productivity in the work place (52 percent believe these purchasing activities are limiting productivity in the work place).

Texting or e-mailing friends and family  (59 per cent) or socializing with co-workers in the office (56 per cent) are viewed as the primary 'personal business' time-wasters and productivity- limiting activities that employees engage in at  work.

Employers and employees also weighed in on how a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy impacts productivity. Despite mobile technology being touted as a tool for greater productivity, only 34 per cent of companies have a bring-your-own-device to work BYOD policy.

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