Kevin Iler

Master Solutions has been serving the Oakbrook Terrace area since 1996, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

How much time do your employees waste?

How much time do your employees waste?

Very few employees can honestly say they spend the entirety of their workday actually working. Whether it’s the 15 minutes you spend making your coffee in the morning, or the 10 minutes catching up on Facebook after lunch, the occasional work break is inevitable.

A recent study showed that the average worker admits they waste three hours per eight-hour workday, not including lunch and scheduled break-time. However, a different study stated that workers only spent about 35 minutes, per day, not working.

While concluding the exact amount of time workers waste during their workday might be difficult (because no one wants to admit they are looking for deals on patio furniture rather than writing that time-wasting blog they were assigned,) we can all say we have been guilty of frittering away some precious time during our workdays.

Here are the top four ways employees are wasting their time at work and a few ideas on how to be more productive during your workday.

Time Waster #1: Emails

Emailing has become the top form of communication in the workplace. What’s the first thing most of us do when we come into work? Check our emails. Technological advances in the way we communicate have brought about the notion of having to be connected at all times. Our clients and even our colleagues tend to expect instant responses to each and every message, even when we are sick or on vacation. While email can be extremely beneficial, a lot of our workday is spent reading and answering emails. Many professionals have actually found they can get much more done during their workday if they don't respond immediately to every single email.

Solution: Try not to check your email first thing in the mornings. Instead, spend anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour working on something more important first thing in the morning. This allows you to fully concentrate on what you have to do without any of those unread emails distracting or stressing you. You can also increase productivity by simply turning off your email notifications for short periods of time during the course of your day. It could be 15 minutes, or it could be 60 minutes, but you’ll realize that during that distraction-less time you’ll be able to blast through your to-do list.

Time Waster #2: Online Distractions

The Internet is known for luring employees deeper and deeper into its web (no pun intended) with each and every click. It is said that 60% of online purchases are made during regular work hours and 65% of YouTube viewers watch between 9am – 5pm on weekdays when (presumably) at work. While social media outlets such as YouTube and Facebook can be a great platform for brand awareness and business growth, let’s be honest – how many times are you actually on these sites marketing for your company? You’re not, you’re wishing your uncle Brad a happy birthday. Some professionals have even admitted to spending time job hunting during work hours on company computer – shame on you!

Solution: If you just absolutely can’t keep yourself from refreshing your Facebook feed every 10 minutes, simply block it. StayFocusd is an extension Google Chrome offers that allows you to set a certain amount of time to any website of your choice and once that time is up, it denies further access to these sites. If that seems too harsh, you can always better manage your lunch time. Take the first half of your lunch break to feed yourself and use the second half to completely indulge and get your daily fix of online distractions without feeling guilty. And if you still can’t get away from these Internet sites, well, you got a bigger problem, buddy.

Time Waster #3: Colleagues

Nobody enjoys spending their entire workday in silence. Humans are social creatures by nature. We all appreciate a little chat here and there during our workday. For that reason, co-workers can be awesome. But, they can also be a major time suck.

How many colors does the printer have? Are we supposed to send this email this week or next? Where should I upload the document? Can you review this really quick?

We have all had those colleagues that treat us like we are the employee handbook. While it can be very flattering being thought of as the expert of the group, the fact that you are constantly being asked repeating questions can quickly become irritating. Not to mention, it can take up a huge part of your workday.

Solution: Headphones! Wear headphones while you work. Even if you aren’t listening to anything, having both of your headphones in will signal to your colleagues that you’re focused and in the zone. I understand some of us have very persistent co-workers who may still decide to come on over to your desk and give you quick tap on the shoulder. At that point, simply tell them you are glad they came by because you need help with [insert irrelevant work assignment here]. If they leave your desk with some work to do, they’ll think twice next time they come on over for a chat.

Time Waster #4: Meetings

Meetings are a necessary evil in most companies. 47% of professionals say their biggest time waster is having to attend too many meetings. On average, 33 minutes a day are spent just trying to schedule these meetings. You don’t always need to have a meeting, nothing makes an employee more frustrated than having their scheduled filled with unnecessary meetings. We have all been to those meetings where literally nothing pertained to you and absolutely zero words came out of your mouth. While communication in the workplace is extremely important, there are better ways of communicating information that doesn’t involve attending meetings every other hour.

Solution: Next time you’re invited to a meeting, that you believe might be irrelevant for you, ask the host why they think your presence is needed. You can then set up some sort of system where your supervisor can go in your place and later simply cascade down that information to the rest of the team. If your supervisor is too busy to even attend themselves, then you could ask to meet with the host a couple minutes before to share your insight because you will not be able to stay the entire time.

There are many other time wasters that we could discuss, but we’ll have to save that for another time – I have a meeting.

Mobile? Grab this Article!

QR-Code dieser Seite

Tag Cloud

Tip of the Week Security Technology Best Practices Privacy Internet Cloud Business Hackers Email Productivity Business Computing Malware Microsoft Software IT Support Google User Tips Backup Computer Mobile Devices Hosted Solutions Hardware Workplace Tips Efficiency Upgrade Smartphone Microsoft Office Managed Service Provider WiFi Small Business IT Services Windows 10 Innovation Network Security Business Continuity Ransomware Gmail Data Social Media The Internet of Things Office Phishing Disaster Recovery Operating System Network communications Internet of Things Holiday Big Data Browser Best Practice Virtualization Communication Analytics Android Unified Threat Management Passwords BDR Outlook Marketing Miscellaneous Hacking History Firewall Smartphones Managed IT services Facebook Employer-Employee Relationship Bandwidth Windows Apps VoIP Presentation Quick Tips Lithium-ion battery Experience Compliance Running Cable Mobile Device Management Hiring/Firing App Networking Two-factor Authentication BYOD Mobile Computing Data Management Content Filtering Wireless Technology Apple Website Business Management Social Search Help Desk SaaS Data storage Saving Money Money Cybercrime Safety Retail Office Tips Alert Advertising Competition Troubleshooting Computing Worker Music IP Address Social Networking Micrsooft DDoS Virtual Desktop IT Consultant Artificial Intelligence Application Business Intelligence Information Technology IT service Licensing Black Market Augmented Reality Robot Cortana Heating/Cooling Unified Communications Vendor Management Bluetooth Staffing Uninterrupted Power Supply Encryption Business Growth Remote Computing Gadgets Automation Disaster Cryptocurrency Spam Business Owner Memory Electricity Google Wallet Keyboard Deep Learning IBM Cleaning Bring Your Own Device Inbound Marketing Managed IT Windows 7 YouTube Drones Password Shortcut eWaste Monitors Processors Securty Society Recovery Administration Computing Infrastructure HIPAA eol Streaming Media Government Chrome Environment Customer Service Displays Remote Monitoring Windows 8 Public Speaking Specifications end of life Flexibility Law Enforcement Domains Word Electronic Payment End of Support Save Money Laptop Printer Hard Drives Telephony Windows XP Network Congestion User Writing Education Downtime Document Management Entertainment Training Office 365 Entrepreneur Documents Storage LiFi File Sharing Hosted Solution Tech Support PowerPoint Google Docs Router Visible Light Communication iPhone Regulations Wireless Cloud Computing Sports Proactive IT Hacker intranet

Recent Comments

MasterCare – The “Master Solution” for Your Business.
04 January 2018
I can easily update all your great resources for developing business. Everything we have done with t...
You Should Care About Blockchain Technology
28 December 2017
I'm more than happy to find this great site. I wanted to thank you for ones time for this wonderful...
A DDoS Attack Hits Your Productivity and Profits
09 December 2017
I have been browsing online more than 3 hours these days, yet I by no means discovered any interesti...
You Need to Get a Handle on Who’s Using Your Account Credentials
14 November 2017
I am really so much lucky to have newsletter content to handle your account credentials. Everything ...
What It Means To Disinfect Your Computer
09 September 2017
Here at this blog post "Disinfect Your Computer" you will find some unique tips, information about ...

Upcoming Events

No events

Newsletter Sign Up

  • First Name *
  • Last Name *