Employees Lose Two Full Weeks Each Year Due to IT-Related Issues

Glitches Aside, Professionals Have Positive Feelings About Tech Infrastructure.

Employees could be losing more than two work weeks each year trying to get their computer equipment to work. According to a new survey of Canadian office workers by Robert Half Technology, professionals waste an average of 19 minutes each day, dealing with IT-related issues. For someone who works five eight-hour days for 50 weeks of the year, that translates into a loss of nearly 80 hours per year. Despite the time spent tackling tech glitches, nearly half (44 per cent) of employees rate their organization’s IT infrastructure good or excellent. 

Wasted Workdays

Employees Lose Nearly Two Full Weeks Each Year Due to IT-Related Issues*

Workers lose and average of 19 minutes a day due to tech issues

Office workers were asked, “On average, how many minutes per day do you lose to technology issues?”
24% – 1 to 5 minutes
16% – 6 to 10 minutes
14% – 11 to 15 minutes
23% – 16 to 30 minutes
10% – 31 to 60 minutes
3% – Over an hour
10% – No time is wasted

Nearly half of workers (44%) say their company’s technology is excellent.

Office workers were asked, “How would you rate your company’s technology infrastructure?”
9% – Excellent
35% – Good
46% – Neutral
9% – Poor
1% – Very poor

What an employee can do with an extra 19 minutes:

Get coffee with a coworker
Clean their desk
Organize their in-box

Source: Robert Half Technology survey of more than 300 workers in Canada. Some responses do not total 100 per cent due to rounding.

*Calculation based on average daily loss of 19 minutes a day, five days a week, for 50 weeks, which comes out to 79.16 hours a year, assuming two weeks of vacation.

© 2016 Robert Half Technology

“For technology to improve business productivity, rather than hinder it, companies must ensure that their teams are provided the proper resources to help make the best use of the tools available to them,” said Deborah Bottineau, senior regional manager of Robert Half Technology. “If not functioning properly, technology can create delays and inefficiencies making a proficient help desk an invaluable asset to any company.” 

Robert Half Technology offers three strategies for IT managers to save employees time dealing with tech issues.

  1. Hire help desk superheroes. Bringing in top-notch IT staff can make all the difference in keeping your employees free from tech-related woes. Make sure your IT support team is up to date on best practices so they can relay that knowledge to the rest of the company to ensure maximum efficiency.
  2. Communicate proactively. Make sure employees are set up with the right technology from day one and they know who to call when they run into trouble. Encourage help desk professionals to not only fix problems but also share best practices with those they are assisting to prevent repeat issues. 
  3. Anticipate the need for additional support. Make help desk support a priority, especially during upgrades or implementations, when there may be a learning curve for users. Consider bringing in help desk consultants to augment your core team during busy times.

About the Research

The survey was developed by Robert Half Technology and conducted by an independent research firm. It includes responses from 300 Canadian workers 18 years or older and employed in office environments.

About Robert Half Technology
With 120 locations worldwide, Robert Half Technology is a leading provider of technology professionals for initiatives ranging from web development and multiplatform systems integration to network security and technical support. Robert Half Technology offers online job search services at rht.com or visit our technology blog at blog.rht.com. Follow blog.roberthalf.ca, and @RobertHalf_CAN on Twitter for additional workplace advice and hiring trends.