30 January 2020 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal
A lack of data skills limits workplace productivity, according to a new report.
Qlik and Accenture's report, The Human Impact of Data Literacy, conducted on behalf of The Data Literacy Project, found that the increased availability of data has put a strain on employees.
Three quarters (74 percent) of employees report feeling overwhelmed or unhappy when working with data.
This has a negative impact on their performance: more than one-third (36 percent) of overwhelmed employees globally report spending at least one hour a week procrastinating over data-related tasks.
The same number said they would find an alternative method to complete the task without using data, while 14 percent would avoid the task entirely. The report found that this presents a real barrier to businesses trying to build a data-driven culture.
The report's authors concluded that the changing workplace technology is adding to modern workplace pressure.
Qlik and Accenture commissioned Opinium to survey 9,000 full-time workers in companies of 50+ employees in the UK, USA, Germany, France, Singapore, Sweden, Japan, Australia and India. The survey ran between 10 and 24 September, 2019.
Read the report here.