DowntimeBy Dennis McCafferty
Biggest Time Wasters (percent respondents)
• "Water-cooler conversations"/chatting with co-workers (14%)
• Computer/software problems (11%)
• Meetings (11%)
• Web surfing (9%)
Only 5% of respondents feel that social media is the top time-waster.
15% of respondents say they spend one to two hours a week addressing misunderstandings/miscommunications with coworkers.
17% of respondents say they spend one to two hours in a typical week navigating/dealing with office politics.
21% of respondents say they spend at least three hours in a week going to meetings.
37% of respondents who go to meetings during a typical week feel at least half the time there is wasted.
Less than 7% of respondents who routinely attend meetings say these efforts are 100% productive.
44% of respondents say company policies/rules actually increase productivity, at least slightly.
Only 4% of respondents feel policies/rules reduce productivity "somewhat."