Could lost data mean less holidays?

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Back at work after Easter? Moaning that you don’t get enough holidays? Well, here’s something to ponder – UK industry is losing 40 days a year because of wrongly filed material on increasingly huge servers. That’s around 15% of a company’s total productivity lost. Fix that and the whole country could get an extra two months holiday without any loss to industry.

According to Tony Speakman of Filmaker, who carried out the survey (and coincidentally specialise in data management solutions): "It’s incredible to think each worker is throwing away over 40 full working days a year just looking for documents and reformatting information. What’s more amazing is that British Industry is unwittingly creating these delays through poor management of its own data and materials".

FileMaker commissioned the research between November 2005 and January 2006, examining productivity in the work place. Over 3000 people were surveyed with the company finding folk in Northern Ireland and the West Midlands were the biggest wasters, spending an average of 6.5 hours a week searching for important mislaid data.

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Dave Walker