Employees Are Most Productive In The 10 A.M. Hour of Work

It's the one productivity factor you probably didn't consider, and there's some interesting research behind it.

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By Jane Burnett

New data from the productivity platform Hive shows how productive employees are at different hours during the day and points out that women were winning in the work completion department: “The data shows that women complete 10% more tasks than men. But are they assigned the same amount of work? It turns out that 54.9% of tasks are assigned to women, compared to 45.1% assigned to men. Both genders complete tasks assigned to them at a similar rate (66%),” the report states.

The results were based on anonymous information from more than 3,000 women and men who use the Hive platform.

Here’s how women and men communicate at work

Here are the percentages of messages that include these words at work:

  • “Sorry:” 0.7% of messages from women, 0.64% of messages from men
  • “I think:” 1.2% of messages from women, 1.2% of messages from men
  • “Use of Happy Emojis:” 0.49% of messages from women, 0.42% of messages from men
  • “Thanks:” 1.77% of messages from women, 1.88% of messages from men
  • “Please:” 1.05% of messages from women, 0.99% of messages from men
  • “!” 10.91% of messages from women, 9.09% of messages from men
  • “Sad Emojis:” 0.07% of messages from women, 0.05% of messages from men

Women were also found to send “20% more messages than” men.

Here’s how much work people complete at different hours of the day

Here’s the “productivity by hour:”

  • 10 am: 13.07% for women, 11.25% for men
  • 11 am: 9.91% for women, 10.93% for men
  • 12 pm: 10.02% for women, 9.58% for men
  • 1 pm: 9.71% for women, 9.09% for men
  • 2 pm: 9.4% for women, 9.37% for men
  • 4 pm: 9.53% for women, 9.21% for men

The data also shows that while “women assign 20% more tasks to women,” men do the same to their gender at the same percentage and women completed 3.59% of their work on the weekends, while men completed 4.07% of it at that time.

Pooja Hoffman, Director of Marketing at Hive, commented on the research in a statement:

“Gender equality in the workplace is a multifaceted issue. … It’s difficult to solve what we don’t know, which is why identifying data points wherever we can is a hugely important step in the right direction. This report is a temperature check — it’s only the beginning for what’s possible with productivity data, and proof that we can use insights as the basis for tackling some of the biggest issues of our time,” she said.

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