The Ways Employees Slack Off At Work [Infographic]

Dec. 24, 2015
A nationwide survey offers insight into how employees are spending their time at work, not working.

A new study from BambooHR, which polled more than 1,000 U.S.-based employees, reveals that contrary to the popular belief that social media and surfing the web are now the major distractions in today’s modern workplace, it turns out that traditional activities, like taking breaks to the office water cooler/break room and participating in small talk, still reign supreme as the most time-consuming workplace distractions.

Key survey findings include:

  • Employees spend more time on traditional distractions (breaks to the office kitchen/water cooler/break room, small talk/gossip with coworkers) than digital (surfing the web, social media, texting).
  • Across the board, upper management and executives spend more time participating in these types of activities than lower-level employees.
  • Women consider office small talk/gossip to be more important to workplace productivity than men; men consider using social media for personal use to be more important to workplace productivity than women.

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About the Author

Sandy Smith | Editor-in-Chief

Sandy Smith is editor-in-chief of EHS Today, a Penton publication. She has been writing about occupational safety and health and environmental issues since 1990. She has been interviewed about occupational safety and health for documentaries and television programs, has served as a panelist on roundtables, has provided the keynote address for occupational safety and health conferences and has won national and international awards for her articles.

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