How Employees Waste Time in the Office

By Dennis McCafferty
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    47% of workers say that attending a lot of meetings is the top time-waster at work. They spend 33 minutes a day trying to schedule their meetings.

You might think that most employees have minimal downtime to fritter away, but they could have more time on their hands than they're letting on, according to the following survey findings. Apparently, some professionals set aside a decent portion of their day—hours, not minutes—surfing Websites, socializing with co-workers and taking part in social media activities. However, useless meetings and unnecessary email distractions account for a huge amount of office time, so that leaves very little left to accomplish work of value. If you're concerned about how much time you spend doing any of these things, you may want to start logging the amount of hours you spend achieving company and departmental objectives, and how much can be described as either meeting/email/administration time or as "miscellaneous." If the balance equation seems out of whack, consider these steps to refocus your time from LifeHack.org: Don't spend a lot of time on random Web-surfing or email checks. Silence your cell phone. Take five minutes of the day to establish a prioritized list of tasks that should fill your day, and avoid any distractions until you've finished them. Close your door if you have an office. If you don't, then politely but clearly signal to co-workers that you're in a no-distraction zone. The following data was compiled from a number of online resources, including Yast.com, a time-tracking software company, and Ragan.com, the official site for Lawrence Ragan Communications, which produces business leadership newsletters.

This article was originally published on 2013-10-30
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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