8 Big Productivity Killers at Work

Time Wasters

Americans may be spending more time at work, but they’re also becoming much less productive. Workplace productivity dropped 0.3% in the second quarter of 2011, following a decline of 0.6% in the first three months of the year, according to the Labor Department. It was the first back-to-back decline in productivity since the second half of 2008. What can the decline be attributed to? Based on a series of studies from various research groups, federal agencies and nonprofit organizations, it could be any number of things, from sporting events to medical ailments to a variety of vices. (One thing it totally isn’t: Internet surfing, which one study found actually makes employees more productive. Go figure.) MainStreet rounded up several estimates to find out which workplace productivity killers are among the more expensive. HR departments take note. Photo Credit: Getty Images