The research among more than 1,000 UK businesspeople revealed that the average UK worker was deskbound for 37 days this year carrying out basic administrative tasks. Creating reports, inputting data, filing expenses, updating timesheets, book-keeping, timesheets, invoicing and billing were the tasks that had to be attended to.
The study discovered that workers felt their time would be better spent focusing on new business activities. The majority of the people polled said it would add more value if they could devote more of their working week to meeting prospective clients, promoting the businesses they work for and supporting existing clients.
The chief complaint from 18 per cent of the contributors is that over six hours a week was spent on data entry, making it the most time-consuming administrative task. Scots were found to spend most time inputting data, dedicating half an hour more than the UK average of two hours and 18 minutes.
Mobile working would save them from returning to base to fill in forms.