We're apparently wasting less time at work!
A mid-year 2007 Salary.com survey found about 6 in every 10 workers admit to wasting time at work with the average employee wasting 1.7 hours of a typical 8.5 hour working day.
While the amount of time wasted at work seems high, the percentages have actually improved by 19% from Salary.com’s first survey conducted back in 2005, when workers reported wasting 2.09 hours of their working day! That initial survey revealed that workers actually worked a total of three days a week, wasting the other two. Even worse, a study by Microsoft in 2005 revealed that American workers, on average, spent 45 hours a week at work, but described 16 of those hours as “unproductive.”
What are we wasting time on? Topping the list of time-wasting activities:
- Personal Internet use – 34%
- Socializing with co-workers – 20.3%
- Conducting personal business - 17%
The reasons why people wasted time?
- Boredom and not having enough to do was the main reason - 18%
- Having too long hours - 13.9%
- Lack of challenging work – 11.1%
BOTTOMLINE: Clearly, companies that have a challenged and engaged workforce can expect less time wasting, and more productivity in return. What organizations need is a systematic program to address activity alignment, not just to reduce wasted time, but to focus in real-time on the every-day activities that most align with company goals. That's what Six Disciplines is all about.