The Journal Gazette
Sunday, August 04, 2019 1:00 am

Monday's best day for productivity

LISA GREEN | The Journal Gazette

Make sure workers have a good to-do list on Mondays. That's when they are likely, perhaps not surprisingly, to be most productive.

The first part of the day is also likely to see workers making the most progress on tasks, according to research from the staffing firm Accountemps.

More than half of workers surveyed said productivity peaks at the beginning of the week, with Monday (29%) edging out Tuesday (27%). After Hump Day (20%), worker productivity dips: 13% of employees do their best work on Thursdays, followed by 11% on Fridays, Accountemps said in a late July news release.

The firm's productivity survey was conducted by an independent research agency and included responses from more than 2,800 U.S. workers 18 or older employed in office environments.

Many professionals said they accomplish more work at the start of the day: 44% are most productive in the early morning and 31% in late morning, compared with 2% who like to burn the midnight oil.

For peak productivity, where is as important as when to work, but employees are divided, the news release said.

• Those ages 55 and older have the strongest preference for working in an office, with nearly half (45%) reporting they work best in a private office with a closed door, according to the survey.

• Working in an open office (38%) was the top response among 18- to 34-year-olds.

• Telecommuting was a second choice for younger workers, at 36%, compared with 26% of professionals ages 35-54 and 17% of employees 55 and up.

Employees were also asked about the single biggest distraction that affects productivity. Co-workers who are too chatty and social topped the list (32%), followed by office noise (22%) and unnecessary conference calls and meetings (20%). Other distractions cited in responses: cellphone use (15%) and unnecessary emails (11%).

Leadership summit

Business executives, authors, pastors, consultants – even a former hostage release negotiator – will share strategy about vision, creating and sustaining momentum during a two-day conference that starts Thursday.

Memorial Coliseum will be one of more than 370 host sites for this year's Global Leadership Summit, which will be broadcast via satellite from the Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois, a Chicago suburb.

Sweetwater Sound's Kelly Byrd, a local organizer of the satellite event, said last week that 2,500 to 3,000 people are expected to view the summit from the Coliseum.

At least a dozen speakers are scheduled, including Craig Groeschel, pastor and co-founder of Life.Church; Aja Brown, mayor of Compton, California; and Chris Voss, former FBI hostage negotiator and CEO of The Black Swan Group. Also scheduled are Krish Kandiah, founder of Home for Good, an initiative to end homelessness in Los Angeles County; and best-selling author Patrick Lencioni, a leadership consultant.

New this year, the summit offered a GLS Live Stream for Teams, allowing groups of 10 or more to view the event from any location, such as a conference room or a host's living room.

The summit, according to its website, has transformed a growing community of established and aspiring leaders worldwide. Each year, the site says, participants “praise the fresh, actionable and inspirational content and leave with a renewed commitment to excellence in leadership.”

More details are available at

Female CEOs

Women are gaining ground in the top spot at companies but still fall well short of the rate of new male CEOs, according to a new analysis of CEO turnover data from Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc., a Chicago-area consulting firm.

Of the 607 replacement CEOs recorded in the first half of 2019, 131, or 21.6%, were women. That is up from 18.6% female CEO replacements in the first half of 2018, the firm said. It is down slightly for the full year of 2018, when 22.5% of CEO replacements were recorded.

Challenger said it tracks CEO changes from U.S.-based companies nationwide that have been in business at least two years with a minimum of 10 employees.

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