Subscribe to News
News  |  Careers

Admin Tasks a Negative Effect on Productivity - Survey

Monday, 18th February 2013 at 10:15 am
Staff Reporter
Increasing office administrative tasks are having a negative impact on staff productivity, according to a new survey.

Monday, 18th February 2013
at 10:15 am
Staff Reporter



Admin Tasks a Negative Effect on Productivity - Survey
Monday, 18th February 2013 at 10:15 am

Increasing office administrative tasks are having a negative impact on staff productivity, according to a new survey.

The survey, released by Canon Australia, revealed that 63 per cent of respondents thought administration tasks were making them less productive in their roles.

It also shows that more than half of the 1,005 people surveyed said that their current job had “too much” administration associated with it, with 39 per cent of people expecting it to increase further over the next year.

Canon Australia said that the administration tasks referred to in the survey include activities such as faxing, photocopying, scanning, filing, data entry, invoice processing and securing document approvals.

Canon Business Services assistant general manager, Jeremy Plint, said that administration serves a vital role in organisations, ensuring that they are compliant and can operate efficiently.

“However, as the research shows, many workers have seen an increase in administration in their roles and it is taking them away from the core functions of their job,” Plint said.

The survey results also revealed that while 49 per cent of respondents put the increase down to the nature of their role being manual and time-consuming, 27 per cent associated it with increased regulation within the business to keep hold of documents.

A further 23 per cent said they have seen an increase in the number of processes implemented by their workplace, which is adding to these administration tasks.

Either there are no banners, they are disabled or none qualified for this location!

When asked what they think can be done to help deal with the growth of administration, 35 per cent of respondents said they would like to see better use of technology to automate these jobs while 27 per cent said that they want to employ better processes within the business to manage this.

Plint said that businesses need to better understand their current processes, requirements adn painpoints in order to boost productivity.

“Identifying those that can be automated through smart technology implementations and effective workflows,” he said.

“This will help to alleviate employees of excessive administrative tasks, and focus on the work that matters to them to make more efficient use of their time.” 

Got a story to share?

Got a news tip or article idea for Pro Bono News? Or perhaps you would like to write an article and join a growing community of sector leaders sharing their thoughts and analysis with Pro Bono News readers?

Get in touch at

Get more stories like this


One Comment

  • Anonymous Anonymous says:

    I agreed with the fact that constantly adding more admin duties or roster for reception duties decrease the focus time of the core of current position to assist job seekers in addressing their barriers and become job ready or for the more so job ready to be put in employment.

Write a Reply or Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Rebuilding communities one book at a time

Maggie Coggan

Monday, 13th January 2020 at 8:26 am

The city gardening project that’s saving the planet and the people on it

Maggie Coggan

Monday, 9th December 2019 at 8:42 am

Advocates demand stronger targets for disability employment

Luke Michael

Friday, 8th November 2019 at 4:05 pm

Looking to the future of civil society and conservation

Maggie Coggan

Monday, 28th October 2019 at 8:32 am


How are Aussie charities helping in the bushfire crisis?

Luke Michael

Tuesday, 7th January 2020 at 3:21 pm

What impact will the bushfire crisis have on homelessness?

Luke Michael

Wednesday, 15th January 2020 at 4:28 pm

The rise (and scepticism) of Facebook fundraisers

Maggie Coggan

Thursday, 16th January 2020 at 8:49 am

What about the charities?

Maggie Coggan

Wednesday, 8th January 2020 at 1:26 pm

subscribe to careers
pba inverse logo
Subscribe Twitter Facebook

Get the social sector's most essential news coverage. Delivered free to your inbox every Tuesday and Thursday morning.

You have Successfully Subscribed!