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Civil servants waste around three days every year waiting for their computers to boot up, according to Stephen Kelly, the Government’s chief operating officer. And according to a new survey by workplace designers Maris Interiors, they are far from alone.
When UK employees turn the power button on, it’s an average of 3 minutes and 22 seconds until they can start tapping into their spreadsheets and rattling through their emails. Whilst some computers snapped to life in under a minute, they were very much in the minority (14%) – and 7% of computers took over a staggering six minutes to creak into action.
In the United States, some firms are even being sued by their employees for the amount of time they waste staring at their computers’ boot up screens. Thankfully, in the UK, it seems we’re a little more patient. Employees tend to coincide each boot-up with a quick (or not so quick) trip to the coffee machine.
David Cannon, Managing Director of Maris Interiors says, “This is just one example of where an organisation would benefit from a refresh of their IT systems. An IT audit is easily arranged by a workplace design expert, and the costs of resolving these problems may well be surprisingly small compared the time lost waiting on slow machines.”
Notes For The Editor
Maris Interiors LLP is the UK’s leading specialist in workplace design and creation. The company design and create world class working environments for occupiers throughout the UK and continental Europe. Their team of experts has extensive and in-depth knowledge of how good design can substantially improve business performance, save vast amounts of money and help retain and attract key people.
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