Employers want you to be productive at all times when you’re on-the-clock. If you aren’t working, then the business sees you getting paid for doing nothing.
There can be times when wasting time at work is necessary because there’s nothing left to do. If you find yourself in that situation, then here are some ideas that can help you make it to the end of your shift.
Top Ways to Waste Time at Work
CareerBuilder and the Harris Poll worked together to speak with employees about their time-wasting habits. The results of the survey found that many of us enjoy the same time-wasting measures.
Half of the respondents said that using their cell phones or texting was the most common way that they wasted time. Gossiping (42%), using the internet (39%), and social media use (38%) were also top of the list.
The most surprising result was that one out of every four employees said that they took frequent smoke or snack breaks as a way to waste some time.
Spending time on email, speaking with co-workers who stop by, and attending meetings were also popular ways to waste time when there wasn’t anything better to do.
Unique Ways to Waste Time at Work
The survey from CareerBuilder and the Harris Poll allowed recipients to offer short answers to their time-wasting habits. Some people found unique ways to waste time when there was nothing to do.
- Sleeping in the office, but claiming to be praying when caught by a supervisor.
- Taking selfies with co-workers in the bathroom.
- Blowing bubbles outside in cold weather to see if they would freeze.
- Caring for pets that others managed to smuggle into work.
- Shaving your legs.
- Looking for relationship matches on dating websites.
A survey from Salary.com in 2014 found that 57% of workers admit to wasting at least one hour per day.
What most businesses discover is that inefficiencies tend to be the worst wasters of time. Most formal training classes are wasted opportunities, while meeting invitations can be a significant drain on a person’s time resources.
The average worker in the United States also wastes up to one-quarter of their day responding to or managing useless emails.
If you have nothing to do at work and time to kill, then consider starting a side hustle. Use your downtime to continue being productive. It might open some new doors where you won’t need to waste as much time in the future!