Nine Major Productivity Killers

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 07-05-2013

Nine Major Productivity Killers

Number 9: Put That Cell Phone Away  Smartphones might be getting people to do more while away from the office, but 10% of respondents say that they spend between one and two hours each day texting or talking on their handsets or texting.

Nine Major Productivity Killers

Nine Major Productivity Killers

Number 8: Social Engagements  Just beating calling and texting, 11% of employees spend between one and two hours each day on social networks, such as Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter, instead of working.

Nine Major Productivity Killers

Nine Major Productivity Killers

Number 7: All That Time On the Road  Commuting is another major time waster. In fact, 13% of people say that they are traveling in their cars or using other modes of transportation for between one and two hours each day.

Nine Major Productivity Killers

Nine Major Productivity Killers

Number 6: The Standard Chitchat  The water cooler strikes again: 16% of people say they talk with each other in non-business-related conversations. What's worse is 90% of those people say they're spending two hours each day chatting with coworkers.

Nine Major Productivity Killers

Nine Major Productivity Killers

Number 5: Too Many Meetings, People  Enough with the meetings. According to 18% of workers, they're spending up to two hours per day in meetings.

Nine Major Productivity Killers

Nine Major Productivity Killers

Number 4: "I Really Don't Want to Do That Right Now"  Procrastination is a productivity killer. Just ask the 19% of people who say that they often procrastinate while in the office.

Nine Major Productivity Killers

Nine Major Productivity Killers

Number 3: Uh, You're Watching TV at Work?  26% of employees say that they're watching up to 2 hours of television at work each day. Even worse: 16% watch more than 2 hours of TV.

Nine Major Productivity Killers

Nine Major Productivity Killers

Number 2: What's In the News Today?  Surfing the Web is a major productivity killer, with 27% of respondents saying that they spend up to 2 hours each day checking out different sites.

Nine Major Productivity Killers

Nine Major Productivity Killers

Number 1: Better Answer Those E-mails  E-mail is a major hit for productivity. In fact, 33% of respondents say they spend between one and two hours e-mailing each day. Another 22% spend more than two hours a day responding to e-mails.

Nine Major Productivity Killers