MINNEAPOLIS, Oct. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Office workers spend up to 7 work weeks a year looking for misplaced documents, according to a survey conducted by Organized Audrey, LLC. Forty-eight percent of the respondents say they spend between one and six hours each week searching for emails, project notes, and files. "Think about the wasted time, energy and frustration that goes into looking for something lost," says Audrey Thomas, president of the firm.
The survey, taken among office workers, also inquired about interferences with managing email. The results shed some light upon the time-wasting habits of many white-collar workers.
"We are all looking to get more out of each day, and identifying misused time can help you increase your personal productivity. By learning the tools to manage your time and information, you can accomplish more, reduce stress, and create a more organized, peaceful lifestyle for yourself," says Thomas, who frequently addresses busy executives as well as companies who want to introduce Lean Office principles into their culture.
One of the biggest time-wasters reported by office workers was managing email. Surprisingly, this timesaving method of communication is actually viewed as a burden by many of the respondents. According to the survey, 39% of office workers feel lost and even frustrated when it comes to organizing and managing email. "Many office workers only know the basics of Outlook: type and send. Outlook is actually a very powerful organizational tool that can help workers instantly become more productive when it's used to its potential." Organized Audrey LLC, Audrey Thomas' productivity training company, offers a class dedicated solely to learning Outlook beyond the basics. Getting Organized with MS(R) Outlook teaches people how to utilize this program so they can be more effective in managing email and more efficient with their time and data on a day-to-day basis.
But even if you use Outlook to suit your organizational needs, you cannot control the daily avalanche that falls into your inbox each day. Over half of the participants surveyed said they receive up to 75 emails each and every day and felt that a number of those emails were a result of being CC'd unnecessarily.
On being disorganized, Audrey shares, "There's a myth out there that says 'disorganized people were born that way and they have no choice but to live with it.' What people need to realize is that organization is a skill that can be learned." Organized Audrey offers Buried Alive: Surviving the Avalanche of Paper and Email as part of her training series. "My goal is to show participants areas that may be counterproductive, techniques for better managing email and projects, and ways to save time, thus adapting new habits at the office and at home."
As a productivity expert, Audrey conducted the survey because she knows that typical American office workers have more demands on their time than ever before. Her speaker series has increased productivity for many workers from all levels and fields, from administrative to C-Level executives, corporations to governments. Ron Piersky, VP of Sales at HM Cragg says, "I believe working with Audrey has helped me improve my daily performance and productivity by two to three hours per day. My company benefits because I now get more work done, manage better, and am more strategic...and the fact that I no longer work late into the evenings or on weekends has benefited my family."
The results of this survey show that there are many workers out there who are just like Ron. Organized Audrey's mission is to teach workers the organizational skills needed to increase productivity and succeed in the workplace. Former students agree that Thomas' productivity training has made an impact in all areas of their lives.
About Organized Audrey
Productivity Expert Audrey Thomas is a national speaker, author and organizing consultant based in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota.
Organized Audrey's office organization and productivity training services include:
- Public speaking at seminars, workshops and keynote addresses
- Consulting services and employee coaching to corporations
- Organizing books, audio CDs and video products for office and home
Organizing and productivity advice from speaker, coach and author Audrey Thomas has been published in major newspapers including The Minneapolis Star Tribune, Orlando Sentinel, St. Paul Pioneer Press, and Seattle Times, and in magazines including Workspace, Better Homes and Gardens, Success from Home, Family Circle, and Women's Day.
- Nominated for the National Association of Professional Organizers' Founders Award
- Selected for Minnesota's "50 Most Notable Women"
- Past-President of the National Speakers Association, Minnesota Chapter
- Member, ASTD
CONTACT: Audrey Thomas, 952-944-9470 or 866-767-0455, Audrey@OrganizedAudrey.com
SOURCE Organized Audrey, LLC