Wasting Time At Work: The Worst Offenses We Commit


NEW YORK (MainStreet) — A recent study claims American workers are so productive that we should all receive substantial raises. Imagine how efficient we could be if we weren't updating our Facebook status, tweeting sports updates or shopping on Amazon for an hour a day. Nearly one-quarter of the U.S. workforce is doing just that, spending an hour of the typical workday either surfing the net for non-work-related purposes (21%) or emailing, calling or texting (24%) our "framily."

A CareerBuilder survey of 2,138 hiring managers and HR professionals, and more than 3,000 private sector employees reveals the many ways we are running out the clock at work. Employers say the primary culprits of productivity are cell phone/texting (50%), gossip(42%), the Internet (39%), social media (38%), snack or smoke breaks (27%), noisy co-workers (24%), meetings (23%), email (23%), co-workers dropping by (23%) and co-workers putting calls on speaker phone (10%).

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But there are some cube mates that are killing time in even more creative ways, according to reports from the employer respondents:

  • Employee was blowing bubbles in sub-zero weather to see if the bubbles would freeze and break
  • A married employee was looking at a dating web site and then denied it while it was still up on his computer screen
  • Caring for her pet bird that she smuggled into work
  • Employee was shaving her legs in the women's restroom
  • Lying under boxes to scare people
  • Employees were having a wrestling match
  • Employee was sleeping, but claimed he was praying
  • Taking selfies in the bathroom
  • Changing clothes in a cubicle
  • Printing off a book from the Internet
  • Employee was warming her bare feet under the bathroom hand dryer

Nearly three-quarters of employers (73%) are trying to keep workers on track by blocking certain Internet sites (36%), prohibiting personal calls or personal use of cell phones (25%), monitoring emails and Internet usage (22%), scheduling lunch and break times (19%) and allowing people to telecommute (14%).

--Written by Hal M. Bundrick for MainStreet


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