I’m not above average at much, but the number of hours per week I spend not working exceeds the number of hours I use productively (at least what the company considers productive). Actually, it’s not even close. But today, TheStreet released figures from a CareerBuilder survey of more than 2,000 managers and HR professionals and 3,000 employees regarding inefficient use of time while “on the clock.”
I’m going to summarize the boring facts of the survey in one short sentence. Workers waste a lot of time. Didn’t even use a proper noun. The gold in the mineshaft of this survey comes in the most interesting ways people have reported their cubemates wasting time.
In no particular order, enjoy these responses.
- 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.
- Caring for her pet bird that she smuggled into work.
- Employee was shaving her legs in the women’s restroom.
- Lying under boxes to scare people.
- Employees were having a wrestling match.
- Employee was sleeping, but claimed he was praying.
- Taking selfies in the bathroom.
- Changing clothes in a cubicle.
- Printing off a book from the Internet.
- Employee was warming her bare feet under the bathroom hand dryer.
Now, we’ve all taken toilet selfies, but to get busted by your cubemate just destroys your office credibility. I mean, how do you bounce back from that? And printing off an e-book? Power move. I hope it was as long as Harry Potter 7. Single sided pages, too.