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Userneeds’ Irish panel members are more likely to think they can cut time of their work

March 16th, 2020

We spend a lot of time at our workplace and it can be quite hard finding the right balance between our work life and private life. Unfortunately, more and more people are dealing with stress at some point in their life and one of the main reasons for this is a heavy workload. Meetings, deadlines and big piles of tasks fill our daily lives and sometimes we feel there is not enough time. On the other hand, others might have worked out a routine giving them plenty of time to do the tasks expected of them. Just like certain companies are trying out a shorter work week and actually see more efficiency and increased productivity as a result. Due to these contradictory conclusions, we found it interesting to ask our panel members the question: “Would you be able to get the same amount of work done in less time?”

Do you belong to the group of people, who could use more time to finish all your work? Or do you belong to the group of people, who would be able to spend less time and still get the same amount of work done? Our quick poll shows that most of Userneeds’ panel members in the Nordics and Ireland are more likely to believe, that they cannot get the same amount of work done in less time. In fact, quite many people work overtime to keep up with their workload.

55 percent of the Danish panel members and 54 percent of the Norwegian panel members have thus either answered “No” to the question or “No, I actually work more than the hours specified in my contract”. This percentage is 39 in Sweden, which is the lowest followed by 40 percent in Ireland and 46 percent in Finland. Between 15 and 23 percent of all the panel members work more hours than they are supposed to according to their contract.

However, there is a part of Userneeds’ panel members, who believe they would be able to get the same amount of work done in less time. 10 percent of the Irish panel members believe that they could cut at least 30 percent of their working hours and still get the same amount of work done and half of these actually believe they could cut their hours with more than 50 percent. In the Nordics this goes for between 4 and 9 percent. If we look at the group who believe they could cut their hours across the countries, the majority of this group have answered that they could cut their hours with between 10 and 19 percent. Between 6 percent (Denmark) and 11 percent (Ireland and Sweden) have chosen this option.

Thanks to all of you who have answered the quick poll. We hope you have found it interesting reading about the results.