The fourth annual “Wasting Time At Work” survey conducted in 2008 by Salary.com indicates that the top two reasons behind employee time-wasting are job dissatisfaction (46%) and a perception of being underpaid (34%). Twenty-two percent of all employees surveyed said they waste about two hours each day, while another fourteen percent waste three or more hours. The bottom line? More than one third of the surveyed employees waste at least two hours every work day, an increase of ten percent over 2007.
More than 2,500 employees across all job levels participated in the survey. Almost 75 percent reported spending part of each work day on activities that are not related to their work.
The results name the top five time-wasting activities as employee internet use (48%), socializing with co-workers (33%), conducting personal business (30%), personal phone calls (19%) and long lunches or breaks (15%). Employees 50 and older wasted the least amount of time, with 49% reporting they waste 30 minutes or less each day. The survey also found that some work-related activities also waste employee time. Fixing someone else's work and dealing with office politics were named as the top two work-related time-wasters.
Source: Salary.com (Fourth Annual “Wasting Time at Work” Survey)