Dutch employees can save time!

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Dutch employees can save time!

Dutch employees are proud of their work and also think their role within the company matters. At least that's what the recently published "State of Work" report shows. 

Yet employees spend more than sixty percent of their time on 'random' tasks and things they weren't hired for in the first place. Good news is that if we can fix this, we can spend much more time on work that really matters!

The Dutch are engaged with their work

Each year Workfront conducts a research that focuses on employees, organisations and the way they collaborate. Knowledge workers from Germany, the Netherlands, England and America are interviewed and results are published in a yearly report that tries to better identify future work trends within organisations and teams. 

So what's new this time? Well, almost ninety percent of the Dutch respondents are satisfied with their work, they value other things besides salary and are looking into ways to better manage their work.

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But .. Work is getting in the way of work ..

Strangely enough, the report also shows a different trend. Despite rapid technological developments, employees only spend 40 per cent of their time on essential work-related tasks. 

The biggest culprits? Endless meetings, excessive e-mails, a lack of standard work procedures and the wrong priorities. We recently published a blog about information overload and stress due to work-related e-mails. 

Help! How do we solve all of those things mentioned above?

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Modern technology could be a good solution

Part of the solution can be sought in the problems mentioned above. Limit meeting moments, reduce e-mails and optimise standard work procedures. However, another more powerful solution has already been suggested by employees themselves.

More than eighty-six percent of the respondents think companies can and should do better with technology. We suggest to limit the use of irrelevant digital tools and make sure you use and choose the right one(s) for your business. An optimal user experience is what many employees dream of... 

Too big a challenge for the short term? We do have some practical solutions you can immediately start to apply! 

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Take a good look into your current set of digital tools. What do you use them for? Are there ways to optimise this? If you want to, for example, share knowledge or exchange information, you don't always have to schedule a meeting or send an e-mail.

Number two: when you use digital tools, take a good look into your notifications. Are there ways to turn them off at specific times? Third: make sure to establish good agreements about what can and what can't be shared online.

Stuck? Ask for help from another colleague or department. Need help in how to do that? Read one of our blogs about this specific topic here 

Good luck!