Want to make sure everyone’s listening to you at your next meeting? Schedule it for between 10 a.m. and noon, following a vacation. (In other words, mark those calendars for January 7.)
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Sound crazy? There’s some science behind the Tuesday morning theory. Accountemps performed surveys of HR managers, executives, and senior managers at several large companies. Their research showed the following:
1. 39 percent of employees of those surveyed said that Tuesday was the most productive day of the week. Monday and Wednesday also got shout-outs, at 24 percent and 14 percent, respectively. Unsurprisingly, few people voted for Thursday or Friday.
2. Afternoon — specifically 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. — was the least productive time of the day, according to 37 percent of respondents.
3. 34 percent of executives said that the least productive time for their employees was right before a holiday. After holidays, however, workers tended to be more productive — in part, research suggests, because of the improved mental health that results in taking time away from work.
So if you have time off planned between now and New Year’s, remember: You’re doing the best possible thing for the company’s bottom line, as well as for yourself.
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