Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Wasted Time!

The average American worker wastes two hours a day. And, believe it or not, I’m not talking about lunch time. Apparently the two hour timeframe is in addition to the employee’s allowed “lunch time” so potentially we are looking at three hours for which the employer receives no benefit. Accordingly, if you add up all the wasted hours, just the average two per employee, it is costing American employers around $759 billion dollars on wasted salaries. Now, employers do build in an expected allowance for employee “distraction” of about one hour and take it into consideration when structuring salaries. However, they obviously underestimated the average employee since it seems that the actual amount should be double. In a recent survey, surfing the internet and socializing with co-workers came up on top as the major culprits. Missouri takes the top honors as the most “employee distracted” state with employees in the insurance industry coming in first place. I find it interesting that the survey also showed that when you were born has an impact on your productiveness on the job. The older generation appears to be the most job conscience with the least amount of wasted time. The ratio of wasted time to age increases as the employees’ age decreases. Since the survey only accounts for those born up to 1985 and currently in their mid to late twenties it would be interesting to see what the same survey would reveal if done in a few years time when my generation is an integral part of the workforce. Will we be spending more time wasting the employer’s money or will the current economic times force us to keep our nose to the grindstone in order to preserve a job. I’d like to think that, as the article states, my generation’s wasted time will be “creative” in nature and will have a positive impact on our future employers’ bottom line.


Smith said...

Extremely interesting article; I find it fascinating that younger generations “waste” more time. I am curious why you think there is the difference among generations?

WendyS said...

If you ask students "how many times do you go check your facebook during a day"? More then half of the students would say "more than once a day". And I know, once i get on the internet i wouldn't want to turn the computer off for a lone time even if i don't have anything important to do on the internet. The time we spend on socializing is a lot. Before when people didn't even have phones,no body cared about checking facebook or texting to someone, because they didn't know about it. Because technology is growing so fast, it is scary to think about how world is going to be in 20 years. We know that technology can make "max efficiency" happen, at the same time it lets us waste time. Too much of the good stuff can turn into bad things.So self controlling is really important to economy.If we want to make sure we do the best at the workplace,we have to balance the use of technology.

Lauren S said...

I agree and I think that the time wasted by the people of the more recent generations will increase significantly by the time they have been in the world of business for a few years. Along with the new forms of technology that will cause this to happen, the distractions are endless when it comes to social work and solo work. Both take dramatic tolls on the company that is paying a specific amount of money for their hours spent “working”. This creates a dilemma for the company when the production and success rate is lowering even though the hours and number of workers working is the same as before. The ultimate goal of eliminating distractions is unlikely to be reached, thus the new question is where will the attention of the future workers go?

Lauren S.