Just How Big of a Problem Has Wasting Time at Work Become?

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Everyone wastes time at work occasionally. From surfing the Web to talking to coworkers to simply zoning out, we are all guilty of a little time wasting. However, for some people, time wasting at work has become more of a regular occurrence and hobby than an infrequent lapse. Salary.com recently released its 2014 Wasting Time at Work Survey results, which includes results from 750 respondents.

According to the survey, more and more people are wasting time at work. Many workers are losing valuable work time by going online, but there are other time zappers, as well. What is particularly surprising is the amount of time that workers are wasting. The act of wasting time at work seems inevitable regardless of the field that workers are employed in, and men and women alike are guilty of time wasting.

According to survey results, 89 percent of respondents said they waste time at work every day, a 20 percent increase over the 69 percent who said the same thing last year. Apparently, people are spending longer amounts of time wasting time. An incredible 2 percent of respondents said they wasted five or more hours daily (another 2 percent reported wasting roughly four hours per day), 6 percent claimed they wasted about three hours each day, and 16 percent said they wasted about two hours each day.

The majority of those surveyed wasted about an hour or so each day (31 percent wasted about an hour, and another 31 percent wasted about 30 minutes). These numbers are surprising: It’s hard to imagine anyone could waste multiple hours each day and keep their job, and even an hour lost out of a day is considerable.

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