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The 3 Common Time Wasters at Work (Infographic)

No business can afford to have time wasters at work.

That is especially true considering business growth and profitability is directly tied to how productive the employees are.

So what really makes employees unproductive at work? And, how can this problem be solved?

In this infographic, we explored the top three reasons and offered some solutions you can implement.

1. Chatting with co-workers

In a research done by, chatting with co-workers takes up most of the wasted time at work.

This is called the water cooler effect, a phenomenon where employees at a workplace gather around the “water cooler” to chat about non-work related stuff.

This kind of non-work related talk may still be necessary in the workplace. But, cutting down on this would dramatically reduce wasted time.

Set rules and systems in place so that employees will not spend so much time in the water cooler and do a lot of non-work related chat.

2. Non-work related Internet surfing

Almost two-thirds of’s respondents in their survey said they visit non-work related websites every day during work hours.

3% of them said that they spend more than 10 hours a week on personal websites.

These include social networks, online games, emails, instant messaging, online shopping and even pornography!

A simple solution would be to track down the websites everyone is visiting on their work computer and make sure they don’t spend too much time on these unproductive sites.

A time tracking software (like Time Doctor) could help you do this.

3. Useless meetings

Most of the meetings that happen inside of companies are actually useless and unnecessary. But, still we spend so many hours sitting down on this top time waster.

According to, professionals who attend meetings regularly admit to daydreaming, missing meetings on purpose, doing other work during meetings and even dozing off.

Don’t fall into the meeting trap!

Look at your meeting agenda and see if the topics can be discussed through email, phone or even a quick Skype chat. If that’s the case, then don’t bother wasting your time by discussing it for hours inside a meeting or conference room.

Check out the full infographic below. If your company is still wasting time on these activities, it may be time to do something about it.

If there are other time wasters that you encountered in the workplace, let us know in the comments too!

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Here’s Where Your Team is Wasting Time at Work (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.

In this infographic, we break down the impact of wasting time at work. The figures are surprising, if not alarming.

Productivity loss

It is estimated that businesses lose 40% from non work Internet related surfing.

Most of this comes from the widespread use and misuse of social media at work. What makes this harder to control is that 31.2% of workers feel that it is appropriate to surf non-work related sites everyday and 65% even said that they received a benefit from using social media.

No wonder why even if social media use is being abused at work, only 15% of businesses have a social media policy. This means a lot of businesses are still losing money year after year.

How Is Time Wasted

Surfing the web is where most employees (48%) are wasting time at work. On average, workers with an Internet connection spend around 21 hours a week online while in the office.

This is followed by socializing with co-workers, conducting personal business, taking personal calls and long lunch breaks.

Internet Monitoring

Because Internet usage abuse makes up most of the unproductive time at work, businesses are already responding and doing something about it.

45% of employers are tracking content using network level software, 43% also monitor email 43% even store and review computer files.

Two thirds of businesses monitor software and roughly half of them actually assign someone to manually read and review emails sent on company time.

And to top that, they also block websites at work. Facebook is the most blocked followed by MySpace, YouTube, and Twitter.

While this may seem too draconian, 70% of employees say that employers have the right to monitor their Internet activity.

It may also be a better idea to use a time tracking software. It helps eliminate wasted time without being intrusive.

E-mail Misuse

It’s not uncommon how emails take up most of our time every day at work. But, checking of personal emails makes the workday more unproductive.

More than 70% admit to checking their personal emails at work. 33% of them even check it 3 times a day!

Emails are also subject to abuse by the employees. That’s why 28% of employers have already fired workers for either violation of policy and excessive personal use.

These include 14% of workers in a survey of 568 companies admitting to emailing confidential information and 6% having used email to transmit confidential customer data.

That is alarming. This kind of loss had a tremendous negative impact on businesses.


This massive social network deserves a mention on its own. This makes up 7% of the websites accessed at work and is a major contributor to all the wasted time in the workplace.

Around 400,000 users sign up every day and 800 billion minutes are spent on this website alone every month. The average user spends 55 minutes per day.

This is also why companies should already consider having a social media policy. 20% of them still don’t see the need for it.

All these activities make up where your team is wasting time at work. Check out the full infographic below.

Are you doing something about it? Let us know in the comments how you have been dealing with all these wasted time in the workplace.

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