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Workers now spend two full days a week on email and in meetings

By Ray A. Smith

09 May 2023 · 3 min read

A new report by Microsoft reinforces the perception that digital overload is hurting innovation and productivity. As the WSJ reports, some workers have resorted to their own hacks to get things done.

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If you ever wonder why it can feel there’s no time to accomplish anything at work, consider this: Many of us spend the equivalent of two workdays a week in meetings and on email.

That is one of the findings in new data from Microsoft that examined the activity of millions of workers who use the company’s business applications. The data is part of the software maker’s annual study of workplace-productivity trends, which provides the latest, and one of the largest, measures of how people actually spend their workdays.

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