20+ Workplace Statistics You Cannot Ignore (Updated)

The workplace is becoming increasingly diverse and the latest statistics are proof.

Workplace Statistics: The Key Numbers

  • On average, 84.4% of workers are distracted at work. 
  • The average worker wastes 60 hours every month due to workplace distractions.

Workplace Diversity Statistics

  • Diverse teams make 87% more effective decisions. 1
  • Companies that are diverse are 120% more likely to meet financial targets. 7
  • Companies that are seen as more diverse and welcoming are 35% more likely to do better than their rivals. 2
  • 74%t of millennial workers say their company is more innovative if it has an inclusive culture, and 47% of this age group specifically looks for diversity and inclusion when evaluating potential employers. 3
  • Around 77% of the American workforce identifies as white. 4
  • Diverse companies have a 70% greater chance of success when entering new markets.
  • 75% of inclusive businesses surpass their financial targets.
  • As many as 83 percent of all millennials are more invested in their work if they think their company promotes a diverse and inclusive culture. 3

Source: ( Peoplemanagement, Mckinsey, Deloitte, Builtin, Gartner, Propertycasualty360, HBR)

Workplace Distractions Statistics

Workplace distractions are a significant drain on American businesses, causing an estimated loss of up to $650 billion annually. 

On average, employees lose approximately 2.1 hours per day due to distractions, taking them around 24 minutes to regain focus. Moreover, distractions lead to a 27% increase in the time taken to complete a task and cause 2X as many errors.

  • On average, 84.4% of workers are distracted at work. 
  • 98% of workers experience at least three to four interruptions per day. 
  • Distractions cost workers an estimated 2.1 hours per day.
  • It takes workers 24 minutes and 15 seconds to refocus after being distracted.
  • The average worker wastes 60 hours every month due to workplace distractions.
  • Distractions in the workplace cost American businesses as much as $650 billion annually.
  • 55% of work productivity is lost due to the distraction of cell phones.
  • Social media distractions cost businesses $4,500 per employee per year.
  • 24% of workers miss deadlines due to distractions.
  • Distractions can lead to employees making 2X as many errors as usual.

Sources: (BusinessDIT, Telegraph, Time Doctor.)

Alarming Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Statistics

Sexual harassment happens all too often at work.

In fact, on average, 2,790 people are sexually harassed in the workplace each year, according to the data we collected from “Sexual Harassment in Our Nation’s Workplaces,” reported by EEOC.gov.

A Deloitte study puts the productivity loss from sexual harassment at $2.62 billion. EEOC reports that in FY 2021, EEOC resolutions that included a claim for sexual harassment increased by 10%.

  • Only 25% of the sexual harassment in their workplace reported to manager, boss, supervisor or management.
  • 38% of women reported experiencing sexual harassment in their workplace.
  • Approximately 3 in 4 (75%) workplace sexual harassment cases always remain unreported.
  • 63% of women did not file a complaint, and 79% of men kept issues to themselves.
  • 55% of victims experience retaliation after speaking up or making a claim.
  • 7 out of ten disabled females have felt sexual harassment at the workplace.
  • Roughly 1 in 3 working females who are under 35 years of age have been sexually harassed at work.
  • 36 percent of organizations don’t offer sexual harassment training.
  • 17 percent of the sexually oppressed male nurses do report the case to the employer.