Many of us may think we’re disorganised in various ways but if we knew the actual cost of this, would we spend more time trying to rectify it? Not only would it make us feel less stressed, it would mean increased productivity and essentially time means money!
keyorganization.com gives a synopsis of the cost of disorganisation in business below which makes interesting reading:
A. 73% of managers and associates say they form impressions of co-workers by the way their desks are organised. Disorganised desks do not indicate you are ready for additional responsibilities. There is a lot of competition now, so do not handicap your chances of securing more business.
B. Nearly 70% of workers believe that colleagues with messy desks are less career driven than their counterparts. Can you afford to allow that perception in an uncertain economic climate?
A. Office distractions eat up 2.1 hours per day for the average worker. How much more could you produce if you had 2 extra focused hours of work each day?
B. Once interrupted, it takes 25 minutes to get back into the flow of the original task. Although many think they will get more done by multitasking, you are actually less effective than when concentrating on one thing before switching to another.
If distractions eat up an average of 2.1 hours per day, that adds up to over 12 weeks per year. If you were organised, not only would you produce more, but you have extra time to pursue your personal goals and meet family commitments.
A. 2.1 hours of distractions per day translates to $28 billion a year in the U.S. Add to that the loss of money due to employee absenteeism and illness.
B. Estimate how much time is being wasted by each employee within an organisation, multiply that by the number of employees, and do that for year after year that this continues to occur.
Bringing the cost of disorganisation closer to home, here are some common situations where eliminating disorganisation can quickly put more pounds in your pocket:
• Late payments (misplaced bills leading to interest and penalties)
• Duplicate purchases (unable to find what you already had)
• Unused gift cards (not with you while shopping)
• Overdraft fees (failing to reconcile)
• Multiple trips to shops (shopping without a list)
• Repairs (neglecting maintenance)
• Tax Deductions (not tracking mileage and business expenses)
• Late fees (overdue items)
Sometimes it’s knowing where to start which is the hardest part. At Pink Spaghetti, we make sure our systems and office environments enable us to get the very best out of our day so we can work efficiently and productively and we’ve put in organised systems, de-cluttered and re-filed for many businesses. We always quote before we start, and cost less than you may think. And with it being National Organising Week, what better time to make a start!