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Jan 02

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Most Productive Day of the Week?

According to a recent survey conducted by Accountemps, it is Tuesday.  Thirty-Nine percent of the Human Resources managers interviewed ranked  Tuesday as the most productive day of the week.  The survey was conducted by an independant research firm, with over 300 U.S. Human Resources managers being interviewed at companies with over 20 employees.

How did the other days of the week score?  The following table summarizes the survey results and compares them to a similar survey conducted in 2008:

2013

Survey

2008

Survey

Monday

24%

12%

Tuesday

39%

57%

Wednesday

14%

11%

Thursday

3%

11%

Friday

3%

3%

Don’t Know

3%

6%

No Particular Day

14%

N/A

The survey summary indicates that Tuesday has been the leading day as far back as surveys conducted since 1987.

Why Tuesday?  The survey summary suggest:

‘In addition to serving as a ‘catch-up’ day after the weekend, Monday is when many regularly scheduled meetings occur, which can decrease the time available to complete tasks,’ said Max Messmer, chairman of Accountemps and author of Managing Your Career For Dummies® (John Wiley & Sons, Inc.). ‘Many view Tuesday as an opportunity to focus their efforts and establish momentum for the rest of the week.'”

So if you have something important to get done, make sure to give it to your employees on Tuesday.  After that, productivity seems to reduce significantly.

About the author

Anand Khemlani

I am a founding member of Fulcrum Inquiry, an accounting and economic consulting firm that performs damage analysis for commercial litigation, forensic accountings, financial investigations, and business valuations. I am a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV), a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and am a licensed Real Estate Broker. I regularly serve as an expert witness involving results of my forensic accounting assignments and damage analyses. My resume is available on Fulcrum's website

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