Study: Employees waste 8 hours per week

Personal email, social media, sports, games and shopping are eating up a sizable chunk of your workers’ time on the clock. For younger employees, it’s even worse.

According to OfficeTeam, which surveyed more than 600 office workers, employees are wasting an average of 56 minutes per day on their phones. Add that to the 42 daily minutes workers spend on personal, nonwork tasks—like errands, recovering from ham poisoning or retrieving belongings from a dumpster—and that’s about eight obliterated hours per week.

If you have an office full of younger workers, brace for more. The study found:

Employees ages 18 to 34 rack up 70 minutes on mobile devices and 48 minutes on personal tasks each work day—the most of all age groups—a total of just under 10 hours per week.

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