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Infographic: What is your preferred method of wasting time at work?

If you think the biggest time-waster at work is the Internet, you'd be wrong. Take a look at this infographic and see where productivity is most often lost.

While Americans put in some of the longest hours of workers around the globe, how many of those hours are really spent helping their employers? If you're in charge of managing your company's bottom line, you may not want to know the answer.

Here's an infographic that explores the various ways employees spend their time when they're at work, but not working.  Use this Infographic (created for BOLT by Infographic World) to help you more easily visualize and retain this information to protect your business and increase your workplace productivity.

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16 comments
smiths37
smiths37

My work has also blocked Facebook, etc. (unless you're one of the lucky few who has Firefox installed and the proxy didn't apply - although us in IT should know how to disable the proxy). Anyway, they said that they blocked all of those sites because the cost for the amount of bandwidth we were using was too high. While that may be true, I think that part of it was to combat the "wasting time" aspect...

ed
ed

It isn't clear what these numbers mean. Does it mean that 36% of the average employee's time is spent dealing with annoying coworkers, that 36% of the reporting employees said they had spent some of their work time dealing with annoying coworkers? The source of these numbers might be interesting, too. Are the employees who reported representative of all employees in the nation or were they from one business in one city? Were the questions phrased to get the most useful information or did they suffer from somebody's attempt to prove a point? Given the information missing from this infographic, I'll bet there willl be lots of people using it to prove their points, valid or not. Bolt Insurance may have done their best to get good information, but I'm not getting much of it from the infographic.

Dyalect
Dyalect

Nuff said. No agenda No input No meeting minutes of what was/wasn't discussed

Robynsveil
Robynsveil

...but as I *work* as a nurse recovering post-op patients (primary job description), writing VBA code to continue development (adding features, debugging, etc) on my Excel-spreadsheet based materiel-management tool is seen in a poorer light *by co-workers* than just sitting around shooting the breeze with them as we wait for the next patient to arrive. Fortunately, my line managers don't share this view (my co-workers call it "playing on the computer") and support my efforts as much as they can. Which wasn't the case in my previous employment.

Snak
Snak

.. of my employer's time reading that infographic.

hartvix
hartvix

Some parts of this presentation are rather confusing, like the section "Internet not the biggest culprit". Percent of what? Or who? The numbers certainly don't add up to 100%. Maybe I just haven't had enough coffee yet... When our maths teacher warned us that 40% would flunk if we didn't start working harder, one guy at the back of the class (presumably one of those 40%) laughed; "Haha, we aren't even that many!!" The teacher was probably thinking "I rest my case"...

lesmarshall
lesmarshall

The irony is that the USA is separated from Norway by Singapore - who are second and not the implied USA.. the whole listing is subjective. UK Flag?? - English flag more likely - silly but revealing mistake

mountjl
mountjl

I know it's a relatively minor mistake, but it's akin to using the Lone Star flag of Texas and calling it the American flag, only slightly worse.

mhoff1387
mhoff1387

It has to do with the way the questions were asked. If the survey asked "What are your three biggest time wasters at work?", then you would get x% of respondents saying that they've spent time dealing with those particular time wasters.

techrepublic
techrepublic

I was going to comment on the odd percentages. As you say, maybe we're missing something - but it's certainly not clear, and they appear to be accounting for 237% of all wasted time. Not sure I can be bothered to get back to Bolt about it though.

random2010
random2010

As much as I like St George's cross, it represents England, not the UK. The article itself seems a bit unbalanced to me, in that it ignores all the time work intrudes into our personal lives, whether it is answering calls and emails out of hours or on leave, or all the extra work we take home with us.

dogknees
dogknees

But people have to accept that sitting at your desk staring into space is not wasted time if you're employed to think/create/... My brother has trained his employer properly. If he's sitting outside the workshop apparently doing nothing, he is actually at his most productive. He's thinking through how to solve a problem and shouldn't be disturbed.

andrew232006
andrew232006

I sometimes think that there are still many people around that think a developer who isn't furiously typing on a keyboard is goofing off.

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