It's probably no surprise to you that a employee's day is not all work. But how much of it is a waste of time?
(Survey done in America)
The Typical Profile
More men waste time at work (69 percent) than women (62 percent). Workers in the 26-to-35-year-old age group topped the list, with 75 percent wasting time each workday, edging out 18-to-25-year-olds, while workers 56 and older waste the least amount of time.
Perhaps the most startling revelation is the correlation between higher levels of education and time mismanagement. Only 59 percent of high school graduates reported wasting time, while 67 percent of PhD's admit the frequent misuse of company hours.
Some 35 percent of respondents say they waste time because their work isn't challenging enough. In a close second, 34 percent of workers say they waste time because their workday is too long, while 32 percent feel their company gives them no incentive to work harder. Another top time-wasting excuse, cited by 30 percent of employees, is job dissatisfaction in general, while 23 percent are just plain bored.
Here's the list of the top time-wasting activities, according to the surveys.
1.Social media sites. Not surprisingly, visiting social media sites is the black hole of workplace productivity. Facebook is the top social destination, with 41 percent of survey respondents logging in from work every day. Facebook is not the only culprit however; LinkedIn, Google+, Twitter and more recently Pinterest all claim their share of work-hour traffic.
2.Socializing with co-workers. The water cooler is still king, with a majority of employees admitting they commonly engage in office gossip on work time. Although employers certainly want coworkers to be friendly in order to boost company morale and team cohesiveness, it can be an enormous drain on company time.
3.Personal business. Employees use work time to check personal e-mail accounts, make personal phone calls, send texts and do other personal tasks such as online shopping and gaming. This trend is on the rise, as the line between work and home continues to blur.
4.Excessive or prolonged breaks. A 15-minute break stretches to 20. A 30-minute lunch break turns into 45. Arrive a few minutes late in the morning. Leave a few minutes early in the afternoon. A few minutes here, a few minutes there, it’s no big deal, right? These seemingly tiny bits of lost time, add up to valuable hours squandered each week.
5.Unnecessary or inefficient meetings. While many employers tend to overlook their own contributions to inefficient use of employee work-time, 47 percent of workers surveyed cited unnecessary or unproductive meetings as their number-one waste of work hours. That should be a red flag to business owners and perhaps the easiest problem to repair.