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Understanding Employee Productivity
Understanding Employee Productivity

Learn everything about Productivity score, calculations and formulas in Insightful

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Written by Uros Maksimovic
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Insightful enables you to adapt Productivity score calculations to meet the unique requirements of your organization or industry. In this article, we'll delve into different employee productivity calculations and explain how productivity is determined in each scenario.

Calculating Productivity scores of employees

As an Admin, you can create a custom formula for the calculation of employe productivity.

Productivity score percentage = (Sum of activities that you consider productive / tracked time based on your requirements) x 100%

Let's break it down:


In the numerator of the formula, you can define what you consider as a productive activity. You can choose from one or all of the following options:

  • Productive Time (default choice)

  • Neutral Time

  • Manual Productive Time

  • Manual Neutral Time

  • Break Time


In the denominator of the formula, you can choose what you'd like to measure productive activities against. You can select from one of the following options:

  • Active Time

  • Work Time

  • Fixed Hours for any Day

  • Scheduled Time

Let's break it down even further:

Productivity score calculation against active time

Active time consists of Productive Time + Neutral + Unproductive + Unlabeled + Manual Time.

This productivity assessment determines whether what you are actively working on is indeed productive. Simply put, it involves dividing productive activities from all activities. The calculation of this productivity score takes into account the natural flow of work and the inherent presence of idle times during working hours. Therefore, the calculation excludes both idle time and break time.

Productivity score calculation against work time

Work time consists of Active Time + Idle Time + Manual Time + Break Time.

Work time is calculated by factoring in not only total active time, but also idle time and time spent on breaks. If your business or industry is sensitive to the influence of idle time and breaks on overall productivity, then this productivity score calculation is well-suited for you.

Productivity score calculation against fixed hours

In this scenario, you will be prompted to fill in the number of hours and threshold option.

Number of hours: Fixed hours allow you to establish a set number of hours per day that you expect your employees to work productively. For example, if your goal is to achieve 6 productive hours per day, you can use this value as the denominator in your formula. It serves as your benchmark for measuring your productivity goal, indicating how well you've performed relative to your expected target.

Threshold option: Set the minimum amount of time an employee needs to be clocked in for Insightful to recognize it as a workday.

Productivity score calculation against scheduled time

Productivity calculation based on scheduled shifts involves measuring how efficiently work is being completed during scheduled shifts. Therefore, before switching to this calculation, make sure you have scheduled shifts.

The "scheduled hours" represent the expected working hours according to the schedule you set for employees.

Hours worked outside of the schedule

We offer an option to consider or exclude hours worked outside of scheduled shifts. When calculating productivity, you have the flexibility to choose whether to count or disregard these extra hours.

  • When enabled: If you choose to include extra hours, the calculation considers both scheduled hours and hours worked outside regular shifts. We allow clocking in up to 120 minutes before a scheduled shift and clocking out up to 120 minutes after a scheduled shift.

Example 1: If an employee is scheduled for 6 hours on Wednesday but works 8 hours, their productivity percentage will be 133%, which can help identify overperformers.

Example 2: If an employee works beyond their scheduled hours or on weekends (assuming there are no scheduled shifts during those days), the productivity percentage will be 100%.

  • When disabled: When this option is disabled, the calculation only considers scheduled hours. In this scenario, the maximum productivity that can be achieved is 100%. Any work done outside scheduled hours is not factored in.

Note: Please be aware that this productivity calculation is an organizational change that applies to everyone and cannot be customized on a team-by-team basis.

During the customization process, the calculation example will update automatically to show you the results of the selected settings.

Note: The productivity formula will be applied to historical data as well. The custom productivity formula is not applied to Projects. On the Employee Projects tab, productivity is calculated based on the Clocked time on a project, while on the Projects page, productivity is calculated based on Computer Activity.

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