I was doing research for a business task recently and stumbled upon a whitepaper produced by Brother International, “The Costs Associated With Disorganization.”
After reading just a few lines from it I envisioned a real-life workplace sounding like one television show, “Hoarders,” was playing out at another, “The Office.”
Admittedly, it likely is more about people being scatterbrained, completely clueless at organization and undedicated to their tasks…as opposed to not being able to find their desks under partially-eaten, accumulated lunches and personal items stacked to the ceiling…but if this document is any kind of real indicator of how efficiently we spend our collective time at our workplaces it is very, very easy to see how America fell by the wayside in terms of global business productivity.
This survey is over a year old so please factor in some inflation here…the cost estimated for surveyed full-time employees looking for misplaced items in their offices was approximately $89 billion lost annually. If you throw in the amount of time these employees searched for lost files on their computers, that cost estimate rises to $177 billion lost annually.
You have to read it to believe it. The average income of those surveyed was over $68K a year. Needless to say, they didn’t earn it.
If you print out a copy of this survey at the office to read later…try not to lose it.