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The average UK office worker wastes at least 21 days each year due to slow or inefficient technology, more than the average amount of annual leave.

Is your technology up to scratch? If it’s not, your employees could be wasting more time on inadequate systems than they spend on holiday every year, according to a new study.

In a survey of over 1,000 office workers, it was revealed that almost 40 minutes are wasted per employee per day, the equivalent of 167 hours or four weeks of dead time every year.

This costs businesses over £2,100 annually per employee, according to the research by Sharp.

The biggest cause of time delay is searching for files on a server, taking up 23 minutes a day due to poor search tools.

Other time wasters include using the printer, which takes a daily average of seven minutes waiting for it to warm up. Nearly ten minutes are taken up just waiting for the pages to come out.

Stuart Sykes, managing director, Sharp UK said: “Technology is supposed to make our lives easier and help us to work faster, however, in the real world, out-of-date technology and technology that is hard to use often slows people down, forcing them to waste time.”

In comparison to our European neighbours, the UK ranked as the third least productive offices, with only workers in France (21 days wasted) and Italy (23 days wasted) wasting more time.

Almost 80% of respondents in the UK said that their workplace is out of date when it comes to technology. If their office had better technology, nearly two thirds of workers (64%) said they would be more productive, and nearly one in five (19%) said they would stop looking for another job, suggesting a big opportunity for businesses to improve both output and staff retention.

Mr Skyes said: “This dead time can mean lost opportunities, lost profits and even lost employees. Businesses must wake up to the importance of connected technologies that work in sync with their employees’ changing needs and allow them to get the best out of their team, as well as making for a more motivated, more productive workplace.”