Workfront Survey Finds that 8 in 10 Office Workers Feel They Are the Most Productive Person in Their Office

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SILICON SLOPES, UT —October 13, 2015 — A survey released today by Workfront, the leading provider of cloud-based Enterprise Work Management solutions, and conducted by Harris Poll among more than 600 employed adults found that 81% of office workers rate themselves as among the most productive in their office - rating themselves above their direct reports (62%), their co-workers (55%), and their managers (53%) with regard to productivity.

The survey was conducted online in July 2015 among 617 employed adults who work at a company with 500 or more employees and work on a computer and collaborate with other people.

The survey also uncovers that 90% of office workers say they experience conflict with other departments/groups/teams, up from 80% in 2014. Lack of communication/miscommunication (33%) and conflicting priorities (23%) are the two biggest reasons for cross-team conflict. Lost productivity is the biggest casualty of cross-team conflict (36%), followed by low morale/high turnover (22%).

“Work is demanding and competitive. People in the business world are looking at all options to stay ahead of the game,” said Joe Staples, chief marketing officer at Workfront. “Eliminating wasteful meetings, finding a healthy work-life balance, and effectively collaborating with colleagues are all possible with the right discipline and the right tools. By implementing a work management application, like Workfront, workers have a single source of truth that allows complete visibility into the work being done and eliminates communication barriers on projects. More importantly, it allows teams to align with company priorities so that everyone is working on the right things at the right time.”

Some other interesting findings from the 2015 State of Work Report include:

  • When does the week end?— 82% of office workers log into work/work email before or after standard business hours, and more than half (52%) do so every day during a typical workweek. Nearly three-fourths (72%) log into work/work email on the weekends and 39% do so every weekend.
  • The reasons to always be on the clock— Office workers who log into work/work email outside standard business hours do so primarily to get ahead of their work (52%) or because they feel they have too much work to do (39%). A quarter (25%) of office workers feel that this is expected at their company. Nearly 10% state they do it to look more dedicated than their colleagues.
  • Unnecessary distractions— The vast majority (89%) of office workers say one or more factors get in the way of their work. More specifically, top offenders are “wasteful” meetings (57%), excessive emails (40%), unexpected phone calls (37%), and excessive oversight (35%).

While the picture looks bleak, not all is bad in the world of work because office workers are feeling the love, with 91% stating they feel at least one person at work “has my back.” Office workers are also feeling empowered at work (78%) and that their boss listens to them (87%). Additionally, most office workers feel that technology helps to improve their productivity. More than 9 in 10 office workers who access work from anywhere (94%) say it has a positive impact on their productivity, as do roughly 8 in 10 of those who use mobile devices (82%) or project management software (79%) for work.

Workfront helps enterprise teams stay productive by managing the full lifecycle of work, from initial request, prioritization and planning through coordination, delivery, and measurement into a single tool. By providing a single source of truth, teams are able to collaborate in the context of work, and gain complete visibility into the work that is being done. This eliminates the need for unnecessary status meetings and gives teams time back to be more productive.

To view the full report and to learn more about Workfront, visit

Survey Methodology

The survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Poll on behalf of Workfront from July 6-24, 2015 among 617 U.S. adults ages 18 and older, employed full-time or part-time, who work at a company with 500 or more employees and who work on a computer and collaborate with other people (“office workers”).

For a complete survey methodology, including weighting variables, please contact Shelbi Gomez at [email protected]

About Workfront

Workfront is a cloud-based Enterprise Work Management solution that helps marketing, IT, and other enterprise teams conquer the chaos of excessive email, redundant status meetings, and disconnected tools. Unlike other tools, Workfront Enterprise Work Cloud is a centralized, easy-to-adopt solution for managing and collaborating on all types of work through the entire work lifecycle, which improves team productivity and executive visibility. Workfront is trusted by thousands of global enterprises, like, Cisco Systems, Comcast, iProspect, Schneider Electric and Trek. To learn more, visit or follow us on Twitter @Workfront_Inc.