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Wasted Time in the Workplace – Infographic

Wasted time in the workplace is a massive problem.

How big is exactly unclear, but from our research, the cost to business is in the millions (if not billions) in lost productivity every year.

The infographic below explains just how much time we waste at work, the ways we waste it, and how businesses are grappling with the issue. The results are surprising, if not alarming:

A detailed look at Wasted Time in the workplace - Infographic

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Rob Rawson

About Rob Rawson

Rob Rawson is a co-founder of, a global recruitment platform where you can access very talented staff at affordable rates. They also have a technology called Time Doctor which is software to improve productivity and help keep track and know what your team is working on, even when working from home. Find Rob on Google+, Twitter

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  8. annie

    Only reaosn I am posting is because I hate time doctor.

    My boss didnt tell me it was taking screenshots of my computer, and I opened some sensitive info when I was looking for files. Mind you I wasnt on facebook or anything, just looking for files on my pc.

    BTW I also scanned through the infographic, it seems too detailed.

  9. Andrew

    I had a job of 10 hours a day and I remember not to have lunch break even from my employer. This was really pathatic. And, if I took some break, they said, it’s wastage of time, you should arrange food at office.

    1. annie

      I worked about 10 hours a day too without a lunch break just because of time doctor. Its a modern kind of slavery.

  10. Mark

    The graphic is certainly concentrated with a great deal of information. I’m afraid I may have wasted some time trying to decipher some of the data points, however. For example … the first graphic (pie graph) leaves you wondering about the largest slice of the pie … then you read that only 15% of businesses have a social media policy, but somehow 54% of businesses manage to prohibit Facebook and Twitter without such a policy … then you have to figure out how 21 on-line hours per week equals 1 on-line hour per day … and so forth. The risk of such concentrated graphics is that we become awed by the scope and appearance, but don’t spend enough time stepping back to judge readability, digestibility and accuracy … If one could only have Q&A with an infographic to clear up any confusion. The beauty is not in the art but in the effective communication.

    1. Ben

      My thinking exactly – I’m looking for an informed number on how much time people (with an internet connection) actually spend on non work items.

      I’ve seen that surveyed a number of businesses back in 2007 and came up with 2 hours as a number for non productive activity.

      I’m having a job deciphering that data point above – granted I may have to go round the merry-go-round one more time. :)

    1. Liam McIvor Martin

      Our graphics designer that did this infographic is from the Philippines. Thanks for the compliment!

  11. Richard

    that was funny John. Great work you guys. I am actually trying to get something like this implemented. Today I found out that my staff has been using facebook, TSN, and sports related websites at work so I blocked them.

    Do you have any studies where blocking these sites actually deteriorates work productivity?

    Just wondering…

    1. Liam McIvor Martin

      I personally wouldn’t ban those sites. People need to relax and take a break. If you’re worried about them staying on task simply install Time Doctor and I promise your team will become more productive.

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