Employees spend time on non-work related activities like talking on the phone or texting, gossiping, browsing the web, and on social media. Also, there are some in-office distractions like messy work environment, unproductive meetings and noisy coworkers etc.
All this hampers employee productivity and that in turn affects the company’s bottom line.
Among all these, there are 3 common time wasters that every employee/employer should be concerned about. Here they are –
1. Chatting with Co-Workers
It’s surprising to know how much time an employee usually wastes chatting with co-workers. Employees never realize how much time they waste in chatting and taking unnecessary coffee breaks.
Every minute spent in chatting piles up and becomes a concern to the employer.
Some believe that it’s a kind of stress-buster and helps employees work better after they have a coffee or chatting break. But this doesn’t apply to all employees and some may find it disturbing.
Hence it is necessary to control the talkative employees without hurting their emotions.
2. Non-Work Related to Internet Surfing
Wasted time on internet surfing at work is a bigger issue than ever. With so many social channels available nowadays, employees are often tempted to visit social sites. Spending time on social media neither takes them away from work nor they get refreshed.
The time spent in non-work related internet surfing is a time-theft, yet many employees refuse to admit it.
Many times, this leads to a debate between the employee and the employer. It, in turn, results in unsatisfied employees, low productivity or even high employee turnover.
3. Useless / Unproductive Meetings
Employees have lots of tasks to complete and they feel meetings are pointless. Most meetings are disruptive and many are really unnecessary. Such meetings affect employee productivity. It is true in a sense.
There are roughly six general types of meetings that employees have to attend. Most of them involve unnecessary hour-long discussions and eat-up valuable work-hours of the employees. If this wasted time makes employees to work late hours, they may feel burn-out and less motivated.
These are certainly time wasters because they don’t contribute to any good for the employees or the employer. Better options for employees to rejuvenate are going for walks, reading a book or meditation. These are healthy options which inspire them to work and also boost their productivity.
Here’s an infographic from Time Doctor that depicts these common time wasters.