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How We Waste Time at Work

How We Waste Time at Work

Annie Tucker Morgan | Divine Caroline

Procrastination Station

AOL and Salary.com’s findings were based on an online poll of 10,044 American employees. According to these respondents, the top five time-wasting culprits (in descending order of popularity) were personal Internet use, socializing with coworkers, conducting personal business, spacing out (à la Peter Gibbons), and running personal errands. Of these activities, the first was by far the most prevalent: 44.7 percent of the surveyed workers claimed that surfing the Web was their primary non-work-related activity. The study also found that men and women squandered equal amounts of workday time; notably, however, the majority of human resources managers who participated had the impression that women were less efficient than their male coworkers.

Since 2005, Salary.com has conducted this same poll annually—it’s now known simply as the Wasting Time at Work Survey—and has achieved strikingly similar results each year. In 2008, personal online use, followed by fraternizing with colleagues, still topped the list of time wasters, though personal phone calls replaced spacing out as the fourth-most-popular activity. Differences in efficiency between different age groups have emerged as another common thread since the survey first occurred: since 2005, employees age fifty and older have reported wasting only thirty minutes or less each workday, as opposed to the most egregious group, people born between 1980 and 1985, who spend an average of two hours per day slacking off. (So much for bright young minds.)

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