Sunday, July 23, 2006

I love wasting time, especially at work

How often do you browse the internet for news, shopping, IM, check sports or the stock market during work hours? Have you ever spaced out? Ran errands off-premises? Make personal phone calls? Gosh, i'm guilty of these too. According to salary.com, the average worker admits to wasting away 2.09 hours per 8-hour workday, not including lunch and scheduled break-time. The article Wasted time at work costing companies billions describes their recent survey of top time-wasting activities (surfing internet for personal use), excuses for it (dont have enough work to do; followed by underpaid for amount of work), HR assumes 0.94hrs wasted/ suspected by HR is 1.6hrs; the older you are, the less you waste time; industries of insurance, public sector, R&D, education and software/internet companies waste the most of work time; the time-conserving industries were shipping and receiving, manufacturing, healthcare, finance/banking/marketing communications. The only thing is that most people I know work more than the "normal" 8 hour day (9-to5).

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