Getting distracted at work, especially in an office setting can be extremely easy. We have a large number of things that can take our attention quickly.

Just think of how productive we all could be if we had no cell phone, no surfing the Internet, no quick peek at Facebook. Just work. and Harris Poll surveyed 3,022 full-time, private sector workers nationwide across industries and company sizes to find out what causes us to waste the most time at work. When asked what they consider to be the primary productivity stoppers in the workplace, employers pointed to:

  1. Cell phone/texting: 50 percent
  2. Gossip: 42 percent
  3. The Internet: 39 percent
  4. Social media: 38 percent
  5. Snack breaks or smoke breaks: 27 percent
  6. Noisy co-workers: 24 percent
  7. Meetings: 23 percent
  8. E-mail: 23 percent
  9. Co-workers dropping by: 23 percent
  10. Co-workers putting calls on speaker phone: 10 percent

Just another day on the job right?


Employers also shared real-life examples of some of the more unusual things they caught employees doing when they should have been working:

  • Employee was blowing bubbles in sub-zero weather to see if the bubbles would freeze and break.
  • A married employee was looking at a dating web site and then denied it while it was still up on his computer screen.
  • Employee was caring for her pet bird that she smuggled into work.
  • Employee was shaving her legs in the women's restroom.
  • Employee was lying under boxes to scare people.
  • Employees were having a wrestling match.
  • Employee was sleeping, but claimed he was praying.
  • Employee was taking selfies in the bathroom.
  • Employee was changing clothes in a cubicle.
  • Employee was printing off a book from the Internet.
  • Employee was warming her bare feet under the bathroom hand dryer.

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