Delivered November 5, 2020. Contributor: Toyoabasi E.
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 60% 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 Gartner of 500 employees across the U.S revealed that 78% of people talk about politics at work.
47% of employees surveyed opined that the 2020 presidential election had impacted their ability to get work done.
One-third 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."