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May242006

Wasted Time At Work Costing Companies Billions

A article by Dan Malachowski “American workers are wasting more than twice the time Human Resource managers expect”.

For many American workers today, time’s a wastin’ – literally. According to a new survey by America Online and Salary.com, the average worker admits to frittering away 2.09 hours per 8-hour workday, not including lunch and scheduled break-time. As a matter of practice, companies assume a certain amount of wasted time when determining employee pay. However, the America Online / Salary.com survey indicates that employees are wasting about twice as much time as their employers expect. Salary.com calculated that employers spend $759 billion per year on salaries for which real work was expected, but not actually performed.

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WASTE MANAGEMENT

Top Time-Wasting Activities
(%)
1 Surfing Internet (personal use)
44.7%
2 Socializing with co-workers
23.4%
3 Conducting personal business
6.8%
4 Spacing out
3.9%
5 Running errands off-premises
3.1%
6 Making personal phone calls
2.3%
7 Applying for other jobs
1.3%
8 Planning personal events
1.0%
9 Arriving late / Leaving early
1.0%
10 Other
12.5%

Employees say they’re not always to blame for this wasted time

Top Time-Wasting Excuses
(%)
1 Don’t have enough work to do
33.2%
2 Underpaid for amount of work
23.4%
3 Co-workers distract me
14.7%
4 Not enough after-work time
12.0%
5 Other
16.7%

CATS VS. MICE

Are workers really expected to work 8 hours per day, non-stop?

Time Wasted During an 8-Hour Workday
Number of Hours/Day
Assumed by HR
0.94 hrs.
Suspected by HR
1.60 hrs.
Admitted by Employees
2.09 hrs.

WHO WASTES THE MOST TIME?

Who tends to waste the most time at work?

* Men vs. Women:
* Youngsters vs. Seniors:

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