These are the most hated workplace tasks that affect personal and professional lives


  • Data entry is one of the most redundant and hated office tasks, according to a global research backed by Automation Anywhere.
  • This is followed by managing email traffic, filling digital documents like spreadsheets and PDFs in a folder, compiling reports and invoice management.
  • When these digital administrative tasks are done repetitively, it also takes a toll on the productivity of employees.
  • In fact, over half of them said that they would consider switching jobs if the load became too high.
Even if your job is exciting, repetitive tasks make it boring. And today’s workforce demands a tweak by embracing automation, in order to eliminate manual and tedious tasks.

Data entry is one of the most redundant and hated office tasks, according to a global research backed by Automation Anywhere, a robotic process automation firm.

This is followed by managing email traffic, filing digital documents like spreadsheets and PDFs in a folder, compiling reports and invoice management.
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Almost half of the Indian respondents said that the tasks associated with digital administration are significantly boring — and an average working employee spends, or rather wastes almost 40% of the day to facilitate it. This also acts as a roadblock to the core job.

When these digital administrative tasks are done repetitively, it also takes a toll on the productivity of employees, the report said.

“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,” said Shelly Kramer, Principal Analyst, Futurum Research.
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With digital technologies revamping the workspace, nearly half of the activities undertaken by the workers could be automated, says a McKinsey report. This gravitates back to the point that argues why humans should be engaged in any repetitive digital task, if it can be automated.

In fact, over half of the surveyed people said that they would consider switching jobs if the load became too high.

Impacting personal lives

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Nearly 49% of the survey respondents said that they are not able to leave the office on time because of the hassle of everyday administrative tasks.

“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,” kramer said.

“This is a bigger problem for male workers, as 54% of men struggle to leave work on time, compared to 43% of female workers,” the survey highlighted.

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The survey analysed over 10,000 office workers across 11 countries, including India.

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