Survey Shows Workers More Productive in the Morning

July 1, 2005 ( - A recent Accountemps study reports that 33% of executives say their employees are least productive between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.

The survey, which asked “In general, what is the least productive time of day for employees?”, produced responses from 150 senior executives from human resources, finance, and marketing departments with the nation’s 1,000 largest companies, notes a news release about the survey.

Noon to 2 p.m. came in second, with 29% of the respondents’ vote. However, this could be attributed to the fact that employees’ lunch usually falls in that time frame.

Workers seem to be more productive from 10 a.m. to noon since only 2% of the executives said that was the least productive time of day. Eight a.m. to 10 a.m. received 17% of votes, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. received 15%, and 4% of the executives said they didn’t know what the least productive time of day was for their employees, according to the announcement.

-Rebecca Moore