Workplace Productivity Report

A look into how digitization is shaping workplace productivity and transforming the way people work.
Learn about the cutting-edge tools thousands of teams are using every day to boost their efficiency,
maximize time, and automate complicated tasks.

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Introduction to Workplace Productivity

How many hours of each workday do you think you’re a productive worker? 7? 5? If you lead a team, you may want to take a deep breath: Research has found that the average worker is productive for only two hours and 53 minutes each day. What gives? You would think that in an era driven by data, technology, and the internet, workers would be highly productive. But sometimes these tools can deter us from getting work done.

Having to access an immense amount of data through umpteen streams of communication and countless different tools can make anyone’s head spin. Data is one of a business’s greatest assets, but poor data management can cause chaos in the workplace. In fact, a McKinsey report found that employees spend 1.8 hours every day—9.3 hours per week, on average—searching for and gathering information.

What else drains your productivity during the workday? Here’s a snapshot of how the hours of an average work week are spent across the US and UK:


That’s just the beginning of why productivity might be lacking in your organization. Messy processes, repetitive tasks, paper chases, and inaccurate data are all major issues that can cause you to lose time, focus, and efficiency while at work.

But your business can take control of this data overload. Formstack users have access to cutting-edge tools that make collecting, sharing, and storing data easier than ever. One of these tools is Workflows, which helps businesses eliminate manual tasks, streamline communication, and gather data in a more efficient way.

Our research shows that businesses are taking highly complex processes that have 3+ steps and combining them into a single automated workflow that's easier to manage and complete. What was once a tedious, labor-intensive, and time-consuming process is transformed into a streamlined and simple workflow.

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These workflows involve multiple people, span departments, and include hundreds of data points, but they are completed in less than one business week thanks to clear communication and automation. Formstack users have streamlined key processes from start to finish over 120,000 times since January 2017. That’s the power of automation, collaboration, and digitization.

Did You Know?

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Formstack users have streamlined key processes from start to finish over 120,000 times since January 2017.

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Introduction to Workplace Productivity