Forbes: 64% of employees wasting time at work

6:49 AM, Sep 13, 2013   |    comments
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SACRAMENTO -  The distractions are endless. Each day, Facebook users upload 350 million photos. On YouTube, more than 100 hours of video is added every minute.  And with all of those distractions, comes a lot of wasted time at work.

Forbes found that 64 percent of employees visit non-work related websites daily. And of that, 29 percent waste one to two hours of work each week on those sites. Twenty-one percent waste two to five hours, eight percent waste six to ten hours, and three percent of workers waste more than ten hours per week.

The majority of workers waste their time on Tumblr, followed by Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and SnapChat.

So, why do the employees waste time at work? According to recent data put together by, 34% say they are not challenged. The rest gave reasons that include working too many long hours, no incentive, being unsatisfied with work, boredom, and low wages.

Pornography is also a big time waster. Nielsen found that 25 percent of working adults admit to looking at porn while at work. And 70 percent of all online pornography access occurs between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Companies also squander salary and benefits on distractions such as watching and following national sports. An estimated 86 percent of employees will spend at least some time at work following March Madness, and that costs U.S. companies $175 million in just the first two days.


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