How Workers Waste Time [Infographic]



Employers need to stop blaming Facebook. At least if you believe the results of a new nationwide survey commissioned by TrackVia, the maker of a cloud-based application platform.

The survey asked 300 workers to name their biggest time wasters. Only 5 percent respondents cited Facebook, Twitter or another social media platform as their number one time waster. The biggest time suck? Just chatting with their coworkers (14 percent).

Of course, many of those who had regular weekly meetings felt their time could have been better spent (37 percent). Find out more about common time sucks in the infographic below. And then tell us: How are you and your coworkers wasting time in the office?

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Jimmy

Wow isn't this ironic...I'm wasting time at work by reading an online article about how workers waste time by going online...who else is guilty? lol

August 17 2012 at 12:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
MIKEY'S SCREEN

It's not the employee that should be spoken to about time wasted, but their immediate superviser that should be insuring that there is no time being wasted. I have been in numerous positions from an everyday field worker to program management, and it really irks me when somebody mentions to me that so and so isn't doing their job and spends too much time socializing. The first thing I do is call in that persons supervisor to find out why they don't know this. I have to insure that 16 supervisors are doing their job, and they need to take responsibility to insure their workers are doing their job. That is what Perfomance Sheets are supposedly used for.

August 17 2012 at 4:47 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Steve

A place I worked at had a meeting to discuss low productivity. And of course during the meeting guess how much work got done? You guessed it. Then they told the workers there would not be any raises given out that year due to the economy, even though our branch earned about a million dollar profit the prior year, and then linked bonuses to the results of everyone, virtually guaranteeing that no one would get any bonuses because about 1/3 of workers were good and earned them, 1/3 were ok, and the other 1/3 never cared anyway. After a bunch of complaints and people leaving for greener pastures, they decided that maybe they could give out some small raises after all that year. It was too little, too late. Probably half the workers quit to find other jobs with real pay and opportunities and the place is on the verge of bankruptcy. Poor greedy bastards.

August 17 2012 at 2:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Buckingham's

I'd like to "waste time" with those two girls in the photo above!

August 16 2012 at 11:00 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
smzkrista

I find it ridiculous to expect people to work every second of the work day. As long as the work is being done on time and efficient. I do say just like smokers, none smokers should be entitled to take all those 5-10 minute breaks during the day as well. I am a manager and I find that when people are allowed to get up, walk around and return to their desk or station after 5-10 minutes they are refocused and work better.

August 16 2012 at 10:15 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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MIKEY'S SCREEN

Getting out of your chair (if you work administration) to take a small walk to refocus is one thing, but to get out of your chair and socialize with other workers is another matter. The one that takes a quick walk comes back refreshed with (hopefully) better thoughts where a person who spends 15-20 minutes socializing takes another 5 to 10 minutes trying to pick up where they left off. Besides, your office should have a policy in place about smokers and they should enforce that policy to the letter.

August 17 2012 at 4:51 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
clyogi

This article is completely bogus. Per the President, these are the people who make their employers wealthy. None of these people would even consider wasting time at work.

August 16 2012 at 9:47 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
jabaileydc

One day, I was waiting outside the post office for a friend. I must have been waiting for about an hour. Across the street was a government building. About every 15 minutes, I witnessed the same group of people come out of the building for their smoke break. I couldn't believe my eyes! All I could wonder was, who the hell is doing all of the work in that building?

August 16 2012 at 8:36 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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MIKEY'S SCREEN

Weak performance by the supervisors is a good indication of what its like in that office. If this was a "government" office, you should file a complaint with the HR and demanmd a follow up. It is your right to do so seeing that these are "public" servants. Another outlet would be your political representative. If it is county workers, complain to your Board of Supervisors

August 17 2012 at 4:54 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Mr Collier

I Would say Most Employers Employees Waste time Smoking or Going to the Bathroom or Cell Phones or Chit Chat --And if theirs a Big Construction Job Site Most people Don't know where Who's Supposed to be & when & Most of those Men waste time at the Coolers or Bathrooms

August 16 2012 at 6:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Elle See

It is meetings -- we had a meeting before the meeting to discuss and explain what we'd talk about in the scheduled meeting ... then we'd have THE meeting... then we'd have a meeting to see if everyone understood what we discussed and/or decided in THE meeting... And upper management wants to come down on the peons for wasting time ... All the meetings were called by upper management... NOW the place is in Bankruptcy!!(We had a meeting about that, too)

August 16 2012 at 5:40 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
billv0164

Employers DO need to stop blaming Facebook. Put the blame on the dumba-- people who continue to use it as well as anything else on a computer if your company rule is to not be doing sh-- like that. My last job saw night shift people who were dumb enough to leave their computer on the websites that they were not permitted to be on.

August 16 2012 at 5:15 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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