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January 27, 2002


Worker productivity peaks on Tuesday, survey finds

Employees are more likely to reach their peak performance and productivity on Tuesdays, according to a survey by Accountemps, a Menlo Park, Calif.-based temporary staffing service.

Of 150 executives who responded to the poll, 48 percent said that Tuesday was the most productive day of the week for their employees, followed by Monday (26 percent); Wednesday (9 percent); Thursday (5 percent) and Friday (1 percent).

A possible explanation? Employees may be better focused by Tuesday because much of Monday generally is devoted to meetings, said Max Messmer, chairman of Accountemps and author of Motivating Employees for Dummies.

"By learning to identify the normal peaks and valleys in staff productivity, managers can provide additional motivation when it is needed most," Messmer said.

Workplace: Gen Xers don't slack in supporting work efforts

A recent study commissioned by Catalyst, a New York-based women's advocacy group, refutes a common assumption that the majority of those born between 1964 and 1975 are not as driven or loyal in their work as prior generations.

In the study of more than 1,200 Gen X professionals in the United States and Canada, 83 percent said they would go beyond what's expected of them to promote the success of the organizations where they work and 85 percent said they care a great deal about the organizations' future.

Meanwhile, 47 percent said they would be content to finish out their careers with their current employers.

Catalyst president Sheila Wellington said her group sought to shed light on the work expectations of Gen Xers.

"The goals and values of this rising generation of leaders are still unclear to America," she said.

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