Prepared for Catherine C. | Delivered November 5, 2020
Election Productivity Loss
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To provide insights into the loss in productivity during the U.S. election from employees checking the news.
Election-Related Productivity Loss
According to a publication by
Human Resource Executive
, the U.S. presidential election is said to have a profoundly negative impact on employee productivity.
U.S. employees averagely spend
over an hour per day
consuming political news at work across the current year. This equates to more than five hours of loss per week per employee in every organization.
The report also pointed out that
of employees said that "the topic of the U.S. presidential election has negatively impacted their ability to get work done."
A pre-election survey by
of 500 employees across the U.S revealed that
of people talk about politics at work.
of employees surveyed opined that the 2020 presidential election had impacted their ability to get work done.
of those surveyed said that "the 2020 presidential election has led them to spend more time getting political news while at work, which has the potential to take time away from other important tasks."
, the senior vice president of Challenger, Gray & Christmas, an outplacement company, said that
productivity could be diminished
due to the delayed outcome of the presidential election, as well as tight state and local races.
The firm's survey showed that election-related productivity loss costs the country about
$3.6 billion per hour
This was higher than the estimated loss in the 2018 midterm elections, which was valued at
$3.5 billion per hour
Not accounted for in the estimate are the losses in productivity from
discussions and obsessions
among voters and non-voters alike awaiting the results.