More Typos on Fridays Workers’ Mistakes Increase

More Typos on Fridays Workers' Mistakes Increase

The Joys and Pitfalls of Friday Afternoons at Work

By Cara Murez

Computer Use at Work

Do you ever find yourself daydreaming and letting your mind wander on Friday afternoons at work? Well, you’re not alone. According to a recent study conducted by a team from Texas A&M University, Friday afternoons are the least productive time of the work week. It seems that workers not only feel this intuitively but their mouse clicks and keyboard strokes confirm it. In fact, it’s during this time that workers also make the most typos. The research team collected computer usage metrics from nearly 800 employees at a large energy company over a period of two years, providing an objective and non-invasive way to study work patterns.

Computer Use and Productivity

The study compared computer usage across different days of the week and times of the day to understand the patterns that emerged. The team discovered that computer use increased throughout the week and then significantly dropped on Fridays. From Monday to Thursday, workers were more active, typing more words and exhibiting increased mouse movement, clicks, and scrolls. However, on Fridays, this activity decreased. The decline in computer use and productivity was especially evident during the afternoons.

The Benefits of Flexible Work Arrangements

The researchers believe that flexible work arrangements, such as hybrid work or a four-day work week, could improve employee happiness and productivity. In today’s world, around 60% of full-time employees in the United States work entirely on-site. However, an increasing number of people work remotely, or in a combination of remote and on-site work. Many have even shifted to a compressed work week, completing their hours in fewer days.

Studies have shown that these flexible work arrangements result in several benefits. They reduce stress related to commuting, workplace politics, and other factors, leading to increased job satisfaction. Additionally, employees gain more time with their families, reducing work-family conflicts. They also have more time for exercise and leisure activities, which have been proven to improve physical and mental health.

Positive Impact on Company and Environment

The advantages of flexible work arrangements extend beyond individual benefits. Such arrangements can also positively impact a company’s bottom line and the environment. Flexible work reduces electricity use, the carbon footprint, and carbon dioxide emissions. As organizations continue to explore ways to be more sustainable, adopting flexible work strategies could be a step in the right direction.

The Importance of Humor in the Workplace

While the study focused primarily on productivity trends, it’s worth noting the importance of keeping a lighthearted atmosphere in the workplace. Laughter and humor can go a long way in boosting morale and creating a positive work environment. According to a laughter quiz, laughter feels good because it reduces stress, strengthens relationships, and stimulates the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals.


Friday afternoons at work may not be the most productive time of the week, but understanding these patterns can help both employees and employers manage expectations and adjust strategies accordingly. Flexible work arrangements have shown promise in improving both employee well-being and company performance. So, let’s find ways to balance work and leisure, bring laughter into the workplace, and create environments where everyone thrives.

More information:The U.S. Office of Human Resources – Remote WorkSource: Texas A&M University, news release, Aug. 2, 2023