Thursday, June 23, 2016

The Work Hours Call-in June 22, 2016

The question this week was simple.

In Dubai we are working Ramadan hours and the job is getting done, because we are more focused. Because we are more focused and we are spending more time with family we are happier!

So what are we wasting our time on at work and why couldn't we have Ramadan hours all year long?

The Podcast Link.

The Show Notes.

How do you waste your time at work?

About a year ago, the Harris Poll and CareerBuilder conducted a survey of thousands of managers and workers, hoping to find out the biggest time-wasters at work, and, in cases where people are choosing to slack off, exactly what they're doing to waste it. The results of the survey are both instructive and entertaining.
It's perhaps no surprise that the survey revealed that, yes, people report a lot of wasted time at work. And the things they do or hold responsible are probably no big surprise either. Here are the top 10, along with the percentage of people who cited them as a cause of wasted time. As you can see from the numbers, many people listed more than one of these.

1. Cell phone/texting (50 percent)
2. Gossip (42 percent)
3. The internet (39 percent)
4. Social media (38 percent)
5. Snack or smoke breaks (27 percent)
6. Noisy co-workers (24 percent)
7. Meetings (23 percent)
8. Email (23 percent)
9. Co-workers dropping by (23 percent)
10. Co-workers putting calls on speaker phone (10 percent)
Even more interesting are some of the particularly novel ways that people have found to do anything they could at work besides work. Here are some of the best examples:
  • Blowing bubbles in sub-zero weather to see if the bubbles would freeze and break
  • Married employee looking at a dating website
  • Caring for pet bird that employee smuggled into work
  • Shaving legs in the women's restroom
  • Lying under boxes to scare people
  • Having a wrestling match
  • Sleeping, but claimed he was praying
  • Taking selfies in the bathroom
  • Changing clothes in a cubicle
  • Printing off a book from the internet
  • Warming her bare feet under the bathroom hand dryer

The 2014 data is in from, who gathered the responses of 750 employees. Their verdict: the challenge of wasted workplace time is even worse than before.
A year ago, 69% of respondents said they waste at least some time at work on a daily basis. But the number of people who now admit to wasting time at work every day has reached a whopping 89%. Employees are spending longer periods than ever before “wasting time.” Employers, be prepared for alarm as you review the newest statistical breakdown:
  • 31% waste roughly 30 minutes daily
  • 31% waste roughly 1 hour daily
  • 16% waste roughly 2 hours daily
  • 6% waste roughly 3 hours daily
  • 2% waste roughly 4 hours daily
  • 2% waste 5 or more hours daily

The simple truth: People waste time at work
Whether it’s web surfing, engaging in personal phone calls, searching for new job opportunities, gossiping by the water cooler, shopping online, exploring social networks or checking personal email, a great deal of working time slips away. Of all workplace distractions, the Internet is the greatest productivity drain.
Sixty four percent of employees visit non-work related websites each day. In this category, the amount of time wasted per week on non-work related websites is as follows:  
Time Wasted               Pct of Employees
<1 hour="" nbsp="" span=""> 39%
1-2 hours                            29%
2-5 hours                            21%
6-10 hours                          8%
10+ hours                            3%
Contributing to these percentages are social media networks. The winners for the time-loss warp are Tumblr (57%), Facebook (52%), Twitter (17%), Instagram (11%) and SnapChat (4%).
How much is too much?
Imagine an employee who works 2,080 hours per year (260 days). If she is in top the bracket of time wasters, she wastes 520 hours per year. That’s 25% of her total hours at work spent on unproductive activities. Clearly this costs your company capital.
In addition to the conscious wasting of time, companies also squander salary and benefits on distractions such as watching and following national sports. Workplace contests such as March Madness can be detrimental to time management and focus. Some 86% of employees will spend at least some time at work following March Madness this year.
While employees congregate around TV screens, they’re not answering phones or supporting clients on emails. March Madness alone, for example, costs U.S. companies $175 million in wasted time in just the first two days.
Why do employees waste so much time?
When you hire employees, you expect them to be efficient and do the job right. The employees who seek you out most generally ramped up their resumes, interviewed, and wanted their job. So why, once they get the job, do they slip into habits of time wasting and self-entitlement?
According to recent data from, employees give the following responses:
·   34% of employees say they are not challenged
·   34% say they work long hours
·   32% say there’s no incentive to work harder
·   30% are unsatisfied with work
·   23% are just plain bored
·   18% say it’s due to low wages
As dismal as these reasons may be, all of them contribute to a lack of productivity. With no drive to work hard, employees simply plod through their work unfocused and unmotivated and get little done each day. Menial tasks become accepted as a way to fill time.

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