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Letter to Leaders & Swenson Insights

Survey: Tuesday is the Most Productive Day

The results mirror results of the same survey conducted in 2002, 1998, and 1997.

In some ways, the results make since. Fridays are the most common day for vacation, and Mondays are the second most common (and Mondays are the most frequent day taken for sick days).

It’s up to managers and business owners, however, to manage productivity throughout the week. There is no excuse for Tuesdays being more productive than, say, Wednesday or Thursday.

Make sure your employees have a plan for each day of the week. Ensure they focus on the most important thing they need to do, and not just going through a checklist of menial tasks.

Get in their offices or work stations. What employees tell you they do is usually completely opposite of what they actually do.

The ‘ivory tower’ is the wrong place to lead people – especially if productivity is inconsistent throughout the work week.

What you allow, you encourage.

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