Survey: Workplace Productivity Peaks on Tuesday

By Susan Jones | December 16, 2013 | 10:49am EST

Accountemps worker-productivity infographic.

( - Tuesday is the most productive day of the work week, according to a new survey from Accountemps.

Human resource managers were asked, "In your opinion, on which day of the week are employees generally most productive?"

Thirty-nine percent of them ranked Tuesday as the most productive day of the week. It's held the top spot in similar productivity surveys since 1987.

At the other end of the scale, only three percent picked Thursday and Friday, which tied for the least productive days.

Twenty-four percent picked Monday, and 14 percent picked Wednesday. Another 14 percent said "no particular day" was most productive.

"Many workers spend Monday catching up from the previous week and planning the one ahead," said Max Messmer, chairman of Accountemps. "On Tuesday, employees may begin to have time to focus on individual tasks and become more productive. The goal should be to maintain the positive momentum established on Tuesday throughout the week."

The most recent survey was developed by Accountemps, the world's first and largest specialized staffing service for temporary accounting, finance and bookkeeping professionals. It was conducted by an independent research firm and is based on interviews with more than 300 HR managers at U.S. companies with 20 or more employees.

Here's the lineup of the "most productive" work days, in calendar order:

Monday, 24%
Tuesday, 39%
Wednesday, 14%
Thursday, 3%
Friday, 3%
No particular day, 14%
Don't know, 3%

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