What would you do with
more time?

What would you do with more time header

We created a global survey of nearly 3,000 employees across eight countries to explore how employees spend their time on the clock and if the standard 40-hour workweek is most effective.

First, eliminate time-wasters to be more productive.

Could you get the core of your job done in less time?

75% said they can do their jobs in 5 hours or less

Regardless of age, role, or level

How would most people spend the extra time?

At work, personal development leads the way.
Individual contributors wish to spend time...

#1 for employees

Personal development

#2 for employees

Helping customers

#3 for employees

Catch up on work

#4 for employees

Take a meal break

#5 for employees

Take a mental break/meditate

Managers wish to spend time...

#1 for managers

Personal development

#2 for managers

Work on longer term/more significant projects

#3 for managers

Developing/training employees

#4 for managers

Building relationship with team

#5 for managers

Catch up on work

More sleep came in at #6

1 in 4, across all generations, would love a little more shut eye

United State


United States
(Most exhausted)

United Kingdom


United Kingdom
A bit sleepy

France, Germany, Australia


France, Germany, Australia
(A tired bunch in a tie)

However, sleep isn't a top wish for these two...



Fairly well rested



Ready to go!

“Organizations must help their people eliminate distractions, inefficiencies, and administrative work to enable them to work at full capacity. This will create more time to innovate, collaborate, develop skills and relationships, and serve customers while opening the door to creative scheduling options, including perhaps the coveted four-day workweek.”

Joyce Maroney

Executive director, The Workforce Institute at Kronos
“Employees are working harder than ever and at the cost of their personal lives. This study confirms that we can all be more efficient with our workday, that there's an opportunity to remove administrative tasks win exchange for more impactful ones, and that the traditional workweek isn't as relevant in today's business world.”

Dan Schawbel

Best-selling author and research director, Future Workplace

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