Are you a slacker at work?
You may not think you are, but the amount of time you spend chatting up
co-workers, making a quick call to your dentist, or "looking something
up on the
Internet really quick" adds up.
from Ridiculously Efficient looks at how much time the American worker
wastes during the work day—1.7 hours on average. And those hours add
pay $759 billion per year for work that employees don't actually
What do employees do instead?
Get distracted by the Internet: 44.7 percent
Socialize: 23.4 percent
Handle personal business: 6.8 percent
Space out: 3.9 percent
Apply for other jobs: 1.3 percent
Other: 19.9 percent
Here's why employees say they slack off:
1 in 3 say it's because they don't have any work to do.
- 1 in 4 say it's because they think they are underpaid.
- 1 in 6 say it's because their co-workers distract them.
To discover the industries with the most slackers, check out the graphic. Hope one of them isn't yours!
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Kristin Piombino is an editorial assistant for Ragan.com.