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[INFOGRAPHIC] Wasting Time At Work

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Every boss (and every highly motivated employee) is concerned about wasting time at work. We’ve got an infographic with some of the data.

Employee engagement might seem like the opposite of laziness. Take a look at the numbers presented below, but think of them not in terms of “wasting time” but instead in terms of what makes us successful at work. Our commentary comes after the infographic.

What does the statistics really mean? Let’s take a look at the last three first.

23.4% of Employees Waste Time Because They Feel Underpaid – How is it possible to feel underpaid and choose to waste time at work? That’s probably because workers are paid by the hour, not paid for results. If you’re only getting a few cents or a few dollars over minimum wage, there’s not much reason to do anything besides watch the clock.

33.2% of Employees Waste Time Because They Lack Work. Again, this is a question of employee engagement. How is it possible that your colleagues don’t see that there is work to do? Perhaps because they feel rewarded for not working because they get paid (at least for a little while) whether they work or not.

14.7% of Employees Waste Time Because They Are Distracted by Coworkers. This problem may be the most profound of all. We do want mutual employee engagement—usually in form of collaboration. But if people are interrupting each other, it’s no wonder they can’t get work done. We need to change the workplace culture to focus on anything except interruptions.

However, the biggest waste of time at work isn’t even mentioned. Here’s a hint: you’ve probably got one on your calendar right now. It’s a business meeting. The best way to kill employee engagement is to require people to do things which they don’t see as relevant.

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Robby Slaughter
Robby Slaughter is a workflow and productivity expert. He is a nationally known speaker on topics related to personal productivity, corporate efficiency and employee engagement. Robby is the founder of AccelaWork, a company which provides speakers and consultants to a wide variety of organizations, including Fortune 500 companies, regional non-profits, small businesses and individual entrepreneurs. Robby has written numerous articles for national magazines and has over one hundred published pieces. He is also the author of several books, including Failure: The Secret to Success. He has also been interviewed by international news outlets including the Wall Street Journal. Robby’s newest book is The Battle For Your Email Inbox.
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