Increase Employee Productivity by Catering to Women in the Workplace

We all have wasted time at work, whether it be checking our personal email or Facebook, chatting away with coworkers, extended lunch breaks or just plain spacing out. As an employer,you can expect that your employees will not be devoting 100% of their time to work. However, the amount of time employees are wasting at work is much higher than you would think and it might be time to look into how much money that could be costing you.

Image: digitalart / surveyed more than 2,500 employees across all job levels in 2008 to find out just how much time was being wasted at work. Surveyed employees admitted to actually wasting 2.09 hours each day. And if that number alone doesn’t startle you, think about this:

The American workforce is 132 million (non-farm) employees strong, and taking an average of their earnings the total in lost salary dollars adds up to $759 billion per year.

~“Wasted Time at Work Costing Companies Billions”

That’s a lot of money to be losing on wasted time, wouldn’t you say? I’m sorry, your decimal points must be off or something… How can my employees possibly waste two whole hours each day? It’s actually pretty easy to do if we’re not careful. Of the time wasted, take a look at the Top 10 Time Wasting Activities:

  • Surfing the Internet (personal use) 44.7%
  • Socializing with co-workers 23.4%
  • Conducting personal business 6.8%
  • Spacing out 3.9%
  • Running errands off-premises 3.1%
  • Making personal phone calls 2.3%
  • Applying for other jobs 1.3%
  • Planning personal events 1.0%
  • Arriving late / Leaving early 1.0%
  • Other 12.5%

Take a look at the amount of time spent socializing with co-workers and running errands. These things can add up to quite a good bit of wasted time, and for female employees, searching for a tampon or napkin in an emergency while at work can take more time than many people think. Now, we all know discussions of feminine issues can be uncomfortable for some to talk about, but refusing to acknowledge their existence or the needs associated with them could be costing time and money.


For example, a woman finds herself in need of a sanitary napkin or a tampon unexpectedly and does not have one in her purse. The first thing many women will do is go to a couple of female co-workers to see if they have any extras (this can take 5-10 minutes depending on how many women they ask and if any chatting ensues). In some cases, one of these friendly co-workers will have a stash they are willing to share from and the problem will be solved momentarily. However, there are times when either a woman feels uncomfortable asking a co-worker for feminine products or no one has extras. This brings up a near immediate need for the woman to run an errand to a nearby store to pickup some feminine products (if it is during lunch time or she thinks she can make it until then, good for her, but let’s be honest – this shouldn’t “wait”). Depending on the time of day, how far away the nearest store is and how many people are in the store will determine how long this can take, averaging from 5-15 minutes or so. We’re looking at 15-30 minutes spent solving one issue – all of which can be avoided.

Yes, women should do their best to be prepared for these situations and should always have a stash somewhere of feminine products should the need arise, but for those emergency situations where time is of the essence, installing a feminine product vending machine will be the ultimate solution. Meant to be more of an emergency stash than a regular supply, feminine product vending machines like the Sanitary Vending Service from Workplace Essentials will be more convenient for female employees and will decrease their time away from work surrounding this issue while showing them that you as an employer/manager value them and their needs. Employees that feel appreciated and that their company actually thinks of their needs are sure to be happier employees, and happier employees tend to stay more focused on their work! This is a win-win situation, not only increasing your employees productivity but also increasing positive feelings between you (the employer/manager) and your female employees. (Plus, if you’re looking to keep things green, the Workplace Essentials napkin and tampon vending machine packaging is made from recycled paper.)

Ladies, we would love to hear your thoughts concerning these matters whether you are an employee, a manager or even a customer in public places as there could be a need for these vending machines in public restrooms as well!

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