Choose your own adventure: You're at work and can either A) Start that big project or B) Just check your Facebook first. Tough choice, right?
While it's tempting to take advantage of technology's vast supply of entertainment, communication and information sources, these minor sidetracks could end up costing major time. According to a new CareerBuilder survey, 24 percent of workers admit they spend at least one hour each day on personal calls, emails or texts. The amount of time workers spent searching the Internet for non-work reasons wasn't much better. But are employees really working less? Or can technology and other productivity killers actually help keep your work day balanced?
"While many managers feel their teams perform at a desirable level, they also warn that little distractions can add up to bigger gaps in productivity," says Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder. "It's important to be organized and designate times to work on different deliverables. Minimize interruptions and save personal communications for your lunch hour or break. It can help put more time and momentum back into your workday."
To learn about where you may be wasting your time, and what employers are doing to stop it, check out the infographic below: