Power slacking on the job

Survey: Workers waste more time than employers expect, costing companies $759 billion a year. By Jeanne Sahadi, CNN/Money senior writer “NEW YORK (CNN/Money) – It probably will take you a few minutes to read this article, which won't put too much of a dent in your workday, right? But add to that the time you […]

Survey: Workers waste more time than employers expect, costing companies $759 billion a year.

By Jeanne Sahadi, CNN/Money senior writer “NEW YORK (CNN/Money) – It probably will take you a few minutes to read this article, which won't put too much of a dent in your workday, right?

But add to that the time you spend trolling (elsewhere on) the Internet, chatting with colleagues about your life or Lhasa Apsos, booking your next vacation, and making all those – admit it -- aimless phone calls to your spouse or friends.

Before you know it, you've killed a couple of hours, not including lunch.

Apparently, that's typical for the American worker, according to a survey released Monday by Salary.com and AOL, a unit of Time Warner, CNN/Money.com's parent company.

More than 10,000 respondents in the online survey admitted to wasting, on average, 2.09 hours per day.

Their top time-wasting activities, they said, were making personal use of the Internet (including email), socializing with colleagues, conducting personal business, spacing out, running errands, making phone calls, applying for jobs, planning personal events, and arriving late or leaving early.

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