“Have you ever had one of those days where you go from one unclear meeting to another?” questions a new study published by a-kassen and the trade union Krifa with the help of Epinion.
The survey reveals that one sixth of Danish workers spend between 11 and 20 hours each month working on tasks or attending meetings that they consider to be pointless. Men are twice as likely to do so as women.
The results can be found in the report ‘Sustainable results – on the track of a sustainable working life‘ (Sustainable results – in search of a dignified working life).
In total, the Krifa branch of the Knowledge Center for Good Work Desire interviewed “2,511 representatively selected Danish employees” and found that 90 percent were affected by meaningless work.
About 16 percent report a high or very high level of meaningless tasks, while 17 percent estimate that they spend 11-20 months per month on them. Managers are often blamed for “being bad at prioritizing employees’ time” and “not explaining why tasks are important”.
The study concludes that the meaningless tasks demotivate the employees. Among those who spend less than 10 hours a month, the desire to work is 72/100; among those who spend more than 20 hours, the satisfaction rate drops to 57.
Driven by sustainability
On the other hand, it is a great incentive to make society more sustainable.
Up to one in five perform valuable tasks outside of their normal duties and without pay for the benefit of customers, business partners and the public.
“There is an alarming number of hours that Danish employees spend doing meaningless work,” states Christian Borrisholt Steen, senior consultant at the Knowledge Center for Good Work Desire, who was the lead author of the study.
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Source: The Nordic Page