How do you manage time effectively in your offices?
A new study suggests it’s actually pretty simple.
The new study from the McKinsey Global Institute finds that, as a whole, people spend about 30 percent more time on tasks that require less mental effort than tasks that involve more mental effort.
“There’s a whole world of efficiency, productivity, and efficiency,” said McKinsey CEO Mark Mahaney.
“That’s why it’s so important for people to think about the time that they’re putting in, and it’s also important for them to think of how they’re doing it, because if they’re not doing it the right way, they can cause them to miss out on the opportunities and the benefits that the world can offer.”
The research was conducted by consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, and analyzed the time spent on tasks across a wide range of companies.
It found that tasks that required less mental energy cost an average of $5.76 per hour, compared to $13.04 for tasks that were more mental.
This was the same for the most important tasks: tasks that cost less mental, $5,724 per hour compared to the most vital tasks, $6,547.
This, of course, is the main reason why people spend more time working on these tasks: they want to do it more often.
The study also looked at the effects of different productivity models: a traditional office model, one in which employees are expected to work long hours, and another in which they work long, flexible hours.
These two models cost about the same amount per hour per worker, but were far more effective at getting people to work longer and work longer hours.
The results show that there’s no need to be an office worker, or even to think that the best way to be productive is to work from home.
The study found that people with traditional office environments are much less productive than those who work from a flexible office, and that the more flexible they are, the less productive they are.
“We think that traditional office models have more to do with the way you’re able to organize yourself and the way that you can delegate tasks,” said Mahaney, “but if you work in a flexible environment and you have to work in more than one area of your life, that might be a different story.”
The study also found that employees who are more flexible are more productive than employees who don’t have flexible work environments.
It’s not just about working at a desk in the morning or in the evening.
Mahaney says that when you’re working from home, it’s important to be able to take breaks and be able go to the gym.
“You need to have the flexibility to do that,” he said.
“There are a lot of things that work in your favor when you work from your home, because you’re not always working in the office.”
Mahaney said that in a world of more connected devices, he thinks it’s more important for employees to know what they need to do at home, and then to make that information available to their team.
The research also shows that flexible work and work from homes are mutually beneficial.
Mahay said that he has seen an increase in collaboration between employees, but also in the way employees work from their homes.
“A lot of the work we do with people, it doesn’t go very well, but when you can see them, they actually make it a lot better,” he added.
“They can have conversations about things that aren’t as clear-cut as they would in a traditional workspace.”
The McKinsey study also shows a positive correlation between employees who work at home and those who are less productive at work.
“We’re seeing an increased sense of community among employees who’re more flexible,” said David Gertner, who works at McKinsey’s Office Innovation Center.
“It’s about having a sense of connection.”
The researchers say that it’s worth paying attention to these findings, because they are just one small piece of evidence to show that people who are able to work at their home often find themselves working more effectively.
“Our work is really telling us what we need to know about productivity, which is that it all depends on what your work needs are,” said Gertners co-author and McKinsey research fellow.
“So you have people who work remotely or from their home who are often much more productive, because there’s a lot more information they can access.
It also is a lot easier for them, because we can have that conversation with them.”