Biggest Workplace Technology Pet Hates Revealed

Workplace Technology Pet Hates

What are your biggest technology pet hates in the workplace? A large new research study has helped to reveal some of the most common ones in the world of work today.

Are you fan of using technology in the workplace?

Or do some of your biggest technology pet hates make you hesitant towards carrying out digital tasks while at work?

A new research survey produced by OnePoll for the robotic process automation company, Automation Anywhere, has helped uncover some of the UK workforce’s biggest technology pet hates.

The survey, which took into consideration the thoughts and opinions of 10,500 office based workers across 11 different countries, explored further into what we class as our biggest technology pet hates when at work, ranging from data entry, managing emails, creating spreadsheets and more.

But what ranked at the top of the list?

Data Entry is Biggest Technology Pet Hate in the Workplace

After collating together the results of the survey and examining the responses in full, it was determined that data entry is at the top of the mountain when it comes to workplace technology pet hates, with over 47% claiming the task to be boring and 51% stating that it often gets in the way of their main daily tasks.

Going a step further, the study also revealed that 64% believe that digital admin actually goes on to reduce their overall productivity, and 52% of those belonging to the millennial demographic said they would be more productive in the workplace if they had less digital administrative tasks to complete.

In summary, the top five biggest workplace technology pet hates to have been gathered from the research were:

General data entry
Managing incoming/outgoing emails
Filing digital documents (such as documents, spreadsheet, images, PDFs etc.)
Compiling and sorting reports from IT and software systems
Invoice management

Additionally, digital administrative tasks were seen to influence an employee’s personal life too, with 49% of those surveyed citing that digital admin would often prevent them from leaving their workplace on time (54% of male and 43% of female workers explained this to be the case).

So is our attitude beginning to sour when it comes to using technology at work?

A Shift in Attitude Towards Workplace Technology

Expressing how she believes that the attitude of workers towards utilizing new and pre-existing workplace technology could have shifted over the years, Shelly Kramer, Principal Analyst at Futurum Research comments:

“There was a time not so long ago when workplace technology was viewed as liberating.

The PC age freed office workers from rigid processes, placing each of us in control of our own workflow.

But there’s been a trade-off, and today, those tasks have become a significant burden.”

Kramer adds:

“If you work in an office, likely your productivity and happiness are significantly undermined with having to be responsible for manual computer administration tasks that could easily be automated and eat into your day.”

Taking the same view that automation may hold the key in better worker productivity and curing our technology pet hates, Gene Farrell, the Senior Vice President of Smartsheet was recently quoted in a Business Insider article, saying:

“On average, knowledge workers spend 10 hours a week on repetitive tasks and manual processes that could be automated.

For perspective, that’s 65 days of lost time per employee.

If you have a team of 5,000 workers, that’s 325,000 days per year absorbed by repetitive work that can be automated.

With that in mind, it becomes strikingly clear that organizations that invest in automation will be at a huge competitive advantage and be best prepared for the future of work.”

To see more findings from Automation Anywhere’s global study, click here.

Sam Rose