Infographic: The biggest reason employees waste time at work

It’s not social media or meetings. Still guessing? Check out this graphic.

What is the No. 1 thing employees waste time on at work?

Here’s a hint: It’s not social media—or meetings.

Stumped? The answer, according to an infographic from TrackVia, is talking with co-workers.

Relax social media lovers. It’s the water cooler, not Twitter, that has to go.

Only 5 percent of workers say Facebook, Twitter or other social media platforms are the biggest cause of their wasted time at the office. The biggest time sucks are:

  • Talking with co-workers (14 percent)
  • Computer glitches (11 percent)
  • Meetings (11 percent)
  • Internet surfing (9 percent)

Six percent also said “addressing misunderstandings with co-workers” is their biggest time waster.

How can employers help their workers be more productive? The graphic recommends instating a formal policy. Fifteen percent of employees say following formal workplace policies increases their productivity.

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