Young employees slack off 4 times more than older employees

This graphic explains who wastes time at work and why. Not only do young workers waste time, but those with high educations do, too.

Summertime, and the living is easy, right?

If you’re leaning back in your chair taking a “break” from work for a few minutes, take a look at this: Tempo created an infographic about employees who waste time at work.

Relax, we won’t tell anyone you put that project on hold for a few minutes. But we are beginning to wonder if wasting time at work is a hot topic no one told us about.

Who are the time wasters? Younger workers—specifically those born between 1980 and 1985—are among the biggest offenders. They waste almost four times as much time as those born between 1930 and 1949.

Also, workers with Bachelor’s degrees or higher waste more time at work than those with less education. This may be because more educated workers hold higher positions, and thus have less supervision.

While employees often waste time on things unrelated to their jobs, they also lose productivity to work-related distractions, like:

  • Fixing other people’s work (54 percent)
  • Office politics (47 percent)
  • Waiting on a project for a co-worker (42 percent)
  • Work meetings or events (42 percent)
  • Administrative work (33 percent)

Before you get back to your work, check out the graphic for more:

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