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A Fascinating Snapshot of Work-Life Balance Realities [Infographic]
Productivity 3 min read

A Fascinating Snapshot of Work-Life Balance Realities [Infographic]

How often do you stay late in the office in order to get that last task completed? If you work extra hours once in a while, you’re not alone. Moreover, as our recent survey revealed, the majority is with you! Thanks to your valuable input, we gathered feedback on working habits and productivity from nearly 2,000 respondents. One of the most interesting things that we discovered is that as many as 87% of business owners, executives, managers, team members, and freelancers overwork. Here’s a digest of our survey’s other fascinating findings: Overworked, but not overloaded When we asked our respondents how much they overwork, the most popular answer (chosen by almost 40%) turned out to be 5+ hours weekly. However surprising it may sound, working extra hours seems to be generally taken quite lightly, as almost 38% of those who overwork say they are absolutely satisfied with their work-life balance. If we take a look at all the surveyed people, both those who overwork and those who don’t, a minority 11.5% said they frequently feel overloaded. The rest of our respondents seem to have found a work management secret that keeps them protected from the stress of overload. It's worth mentioning that this “happiness rate” seems to correlate with the respondent’s job position. Among team members, it’s more than half who don’t feel stressed with work at all. For business owners, the share is less than a third.  It looks like with great responsibility comes greater stress. When productivity peaks Despite different responsibilities, our respondents across various organizational levels have some common things in their work styles. For example, 64% feel the most productive in the morning hours. Unexpected, but true — even freelancers, who often have a totally flexible schedule, voted the same as the majority. We also compared groups to find out who feels more overloaded (the “early birds” or the “night owls”) and we discovered that the share of stressed workers is much higher among the latter. Almost 27% of night owls admitted to feeling overworked quite often, while just 10% of early birds share this stress. Productivity catalysts vs. Productivity killers Increasing productivity requires some extra motivation. What are those factors that drive us the most at work? According to our survey results, the three leading efficiency motivators are: A sense of responsibility A good mood A possible reward Being on a deadline is often considered to be a stress factor. However, more than 54.6% of our respondents find deadlines inspiring for their productivity. Perhaps because they help to beat procrastination, which, along with unexpected interruptions, was listed as one of the most dangerous productivity killers. A picture is worth a thousand words, especially when it comes to stats. To review all of these survey results and more at a glance, check out our new infographic with the rest of our fascinating findings. And don’t forget to share it with your colleagues! Last, but not least: Thanks to your very active participation, this survey turned out to be a blast! We really appreciate your input and, as we promised, we did a drawing of 10 stylish Coffee Joulies among everyone who took part in the survey. Congrats to the lucky winners: Jerry Schmidt (CivicPlus), Ayana Hastings (EmbanetCompass), Steve Fishman (Volunteers of America Michigan, Inc.), Wally Arms (Crescent Inc.), Pascal Condouret (Royal Canin), Noah Sodano (Propaganda Labs), Colleen Fyfe (PARMA Recordings), Spenser Baldwin (Snap Agency) and two winners who asked us to keep their names private. Wrike’s Santa is already on the way with the prizes!

Employee Engagement Survey: The Productivity Gap
Productivity 10 min read

Employee Engagement Survey: The Productivity Gap

Wrike did an online survey of 5,000+ adults in the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Australia, who work full time for an organization with 500+ employees. Discover what drives employee engagement so you can build a strategy that boosts productivity and grows your business.

New Report: How Wrike Affects Your Bottom Line
News 3 min read

New Report: How Wrike Affects Your Bottom Line

Until now, working efficiently and communicating effectively has always been a nice to have. However, with the demand to scale, rise of remote work, and the climate of chaos becoming a normality, inefficiencies are becoming costly. It's more crucial than ever to make healthy work management and collaboration a priority.

Less Family Time as Workloads and Stress Levels Soar in British Offices
Productivity 3 min read

Less Family Time as Workloads and Stress Levels Soar in British Offices

Now a new study from Wrike about digital working culture and its impact on the lives of office workers in the UK, France, and Germany confirms that we’re not alone. British offices are creaking under the pressure of work, resulting in less time for family and rest and heightened stress levels. The majority of British workers would work fewer hours — if only they could afford it financially or their workloads could be adjusted accordingly.

Top 15 Productivity Roadblocks Hindering Your Team (Infographic)
Productivity 3 min read

Top 15 Productivity Roadblocks Hindering Your Team (Infographic)

You have your headphones on, music playing, and all notifications muted to allow for maximum focus... and you're still not as productive as you want to be. What are you doing wrong? In our 2015 Work Management Survey, we surveyed 1,464 team leaders and members and asked them to rank their biggest productivity roadblocks. You'll find their answers in the infographic below. The good news is: there's a way to overcome all these roadblocks. But it's going to take a lot more than a few hacks. Fighting these productivity killers will require paying detailed attention to how your work flows through your team, and serious improvement of your work management processes. Check out the list to find out how to identify roadblocks in client project planning: Share this infographic with your fellow colleagues, or use this embed code to post it on your site: Infographic brought to you by Wrike Read the complete 2015 Work Management Survey Download the full report to see all of the results from our Work Management Survey.

Everyone's a Project Manager, But Not Everyone Can Manage Projects (Infographic)
Project Management 3 min read

Everyone's a Project Manager, But Not Everyone Can Manage Projects (Infographic)

You see a calendar alert for a meeting with your boss to review client deliverables. It's 1 P.M. and the meeting is scheduled for 2 P.M. The deliverables aren't ready yet. You search rapidly through your email looking for the latest version of the deliverable. You start pinging other teammates asking who made the latest edits. You spend the next 45 minutes looking for the file, editing the file, trying to request immediate feedback until... ...your boss pushes the meeting to tomorrow. Sound familiar? Believe it or not, you're acting the role of a project manager. Connecting with people, bringing together all the pieces of the puzzle, managing the final success. We surveyed 1,464 workers about their work management processes and discovered that 94% of respondents manage projects on a regular basis, but only 47% have "project manager" in their job title or description. This tells us that project management is becoming a shared responsibility, no matter what role you're officially in. However, as managing projects becomes a common practice in the workplace, the sheer lack of training in standard project management practices is setting many people up for failure. Without a process in place to handle many projects across different teams, meetings get canceled, deadlines pushed, stress levels rise, and projects die. Client project manager roles and responsibilities need to be clear from the outset, to avoid this inevitable project failure down the line. Take a look at the infographic for more interesting findings from our recent 2015 survey on work management practices: Enjoy what you read? Share this infographic with your fellow colleagues, or use this embed code to post it on your own website: Infographic brought to you by Wrike Read the complete 2015 Work Management Survey Download the full report to see all of the results from our Work Management Survey.

Remote Work Survey Index Results: The Future of Remote Work
Remote Working 10 min read

Remote Work Survey Index Results: The Future of Remote Work

Wrike wanted to know how workers felt about their organizations’ support to help make remote work productive and sustainable. We surveyed over 1,000 full-time workers employed by organizations that gave their employees the choice to work from home. Read on to learn more about our survey results.

The Work Management Proficiency Index: Paving the Way to Post-Digital Success
News 7 min read

The Work Management Proficiency Index: Paving the Way to Post-Digital Success

In a post-digital era, companies must meet customer expectations for on-demand products, services, and experiences. We’re excited to announce Wrike’s Work Management Proficiency Index, which synthesizes work management experiences with over 20,000 leading companies and data analysis into a simple and actionable framework!

The Effect of Agile on Marketing Teams (Infographic)
Marketing 3 min read

The Effect of Agile on Marketing Teams (Infographic)

We recently surveyed over 800 marketers regarding work management, cross-department collaboration struggles, technology integration satisfaction, and how Agile methodologies are helping them improve flexibility and collaboration across their teams.

Summer Vacation Is Dying, Here’s How to Save It
Project Management 5 min read

Summer Vacation Is Dying, Here’s How to Save It

Wrike launched a Summer Productivity Survey to better understand how Americans balance the need for vacation with their work obligations. Let’s dig into our most interesting survey findings, which compare vacation trends among men and women, Millennials and Baby Boomers, and much more.

The Past, Present, and Future of Remote Collaboration: Where Does Your Team Stand?
Collaboration 5 min read

The Past, Present, and Future of Remote Collaboration: Where Does Your Team Stand?

We asked you and other people representing companies of all sizes, from solopreneurs to Fortune 500 corporations, how you feel about virtual collaboration and where you see it going. Your input helped us get a bird’s-eye view on the current state of this prominent trend. Click the preview on in the top-right corner to see our infographic visualizing the results of the survey. Today, we’re sharing the prominent findings of the survey so you can see and compare where your team stands in the area of remote collaboration. Check out the major trends: 1. Remote work is on the rise Apparently, virtual collaboration has expanded at an impressive pace, as 43% of surveyed workers report that today they spend much more time working remotely than 2-3 years ago. See what the stats look like if we slice the respondents by organization level as we take a look at this question: 2. The big future of distributed teams Less than 17% of respondents say they get all things done in the office only. And it seems that those who already leverage the opportunity of working remotely are craving for more! One in four respondents expects their office to go fully virtual within just a year or two. The remote work expectations are especially high among the business owners who took part in the survey. It’s almost 44% of them predicting such a rapid shift to virtual teams in their companies. 3. Pros and cons of a virtual workplace Of course, it’s not that easy to work just as efficiently across distances as when you sit in the same office and can discuss all issues face to face as soon as they arise. Here are the main hindrances for collaboration within distributed teams that our survey revealed: By the way, we saw a consensus among workers of all organizational levels when they shared their thoughts about the disadvantages of remote work. Lack of direct communication is something that team members, managers, executives, and business owners equally suffer from. But when you know how to overcome this and other apparent disadvantages of remote work, you can yield some great benefits. Once you master some key challenges, i.e how to make virtual meetings fun or how to give direct feedback across dispersed teams, you can begin to see your remote team flourish. Here are the absolute favorites of our respondents: A curious thing to notice: while time savings turned out to be the No. 1 benefit for team members, managers, and executives, what business owners value the most about remote collaboration is boosted productivity. 4. Sacrifices for the benefit of remote working Getting more things done in less time is a treat, isn’t it? It looks like the vast majority of surveyed workers would agree with this statement since 89% of them responded that the opportunity to work remotely is an important fringe benefit in a job. In fact, 25% of respondents value this perk so much that they’d accept a reduction in their salary in order to continue working remotely! Here are some more sacrifices workers are ready to make: 5. Software matters When we asked the respondents about social communication tools (social networks, microblogs, IM’s, etc.) and the role they play in people’s day-to-day work, here’s what we discovered: over a half (to be precise, 56%) said they use these tools no more than 1 hour every day. The survey revealed that to a significant extent, the success of remote teams leans on the shoulders of helpful online collaboration software. A full 87% of respondents think that collaboration software from remote workers is important or even mission critical for efficient work of their teams. Once again, we thank all the respondents for the input to our survey that has brought such interesting findings. Want to find out more about how Wrike can help your team to embrace remote working? Take a look at some of our features here.

How Professional Services Teams Are Breaking the Customer Churn Cycle (Infographic)
Project Management 3 min read

How Professional Services Teams Are Breaking the Customer Churn Cycle (Infographic)

We surveyed over 1,000 professional services teams to learn about the top challenges they face around client retention, resource management, collaboration, technology, project processes, and more.