5 BUSINESS VIEW MAGAZINE AUGUST 2019 O p e n i n g L i n e s A U G U S T 2 0 1 9 EARLY BIRD GETS THE WORM: NEW SURVEY REVEALS PRODUCTIVITY PEAKS FOR WORKERS ACROSS 28 U.S. CITIES S unday nights can be scary before the work week begins, but Monday and Tuesday, especially in the morning, are when employees are most productive, suggests new research from staffing firm Accountemps. More than half of workers surveyed said their productivity peaks at the beginning of the week, with Monday (29%) edging out Tuesday (27%) by two points. After Hump Day (20%), worker productivity dips: 13% of employees do their best work on Thursdays, followed by 11% on Fridays. 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 to 2% who like to burn the midnight oil. It’s probably best to avoid scheduling meetings at noon: only 2% of workers surveyed said they get the most work done at lunchtime. For peak productivity, where is as important as when to work, but employees are divided: • 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. • Meanwhile, working in an open office (38%) was the top response among 18- to 34-year- olds.