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A Study On Time Wasted At Work

Zonk posted more than 9 years ago | from the please-don't-stop-coming-here dept.

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Animesh Pathak writes "C|Net News has an article about a survey of people's goofing off habits at work. From the article: 'It's interesting to note that the Internet was cited as the leading time-wasting activity. It goes to show how integrated it has become to the daily functions of our personal and professional lives,...Today, there are so many useful tools and Web sites on the Internet that have enabled people to become more efficient with accomplishing multiple tasks in a shorter amount of time.'"

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Standby Periods (5, Insightful)

fembots (753724) | more than 9 years ago | (#13047396)

The article did mention that not all waste is pure waste, as they could spark new ideas, and it's also likely to introduce ice-breaking topics so that everybody can sit together and chat about something in common.

Nowadays companies expect employees to be available from 7.30am to 6.30pm, but these employees aren't actually required all the time, the boss just wants you to be there so that when he needs you, he can find you.

The article mentions insurance industry is the worst, but what do they expect insurance call centre staff to do when nobody calls in?

Maybe start cold-calling: "Good morning Mr Anderson, this is Smith from Surely Insurance, we're wondering if you have a car accident today?"

So I normally treat non-productive time as time-out or standby periods for employees, they're getting paid to provide continuous service availability throughout the day.

Re:Standby Periods (5, Funny)

centauri (217890) | more than 9 years ago | (#13047490)

"Good morning Mr Anderson, this is Smith from Surely Insurance, we're wondering if you're having a car accident today...."

Imagine Hugo Weaving speaking this to you over the phone as you drive home from work and give yourself a nice shiver.

Re:Standby Periods (5, Funny)

ShaniaTwain (197446) | more than 9 years ago | (#13047517)

I would formulate a clever and insightful reply to your post, but I should really get back to work.

Re:Standby Periods (5, Insightful)

Nos. (179609) | more than 9 years ago | (#13047550)

They even say that roughly 1/3 or respondants say they "waste" this time because they have don't have enough work.

Near the bottom of the salary.com article is this little blurb:
Populations surveyed included AOL users, Salary.com Salary Wizard users and corporate human resource professionals

So, a good portion of the surveyed group are visitors to salary.com. I would guess that a majority of people visiting salary.com are at least somewhat unhappy with their job. I don't think I would consider they're numbers worth anything. Its like asking people coming out of a theatre if they're willing to pay current admission prices to see a movie.

Re:Standby Periods (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13047610)

It's 'their', not 'they're'. You ignorant bafoon!

Re:Standby Periods (3, Funny)

StalinsNotDead (764374) | more than 9 years ago | (#13047693)

It's 'their', not 'they're'. You ignorant bafoon[sic]!

The proper spelling is buffoon [reference.com] .

Have a nice day.

Re:Standby Periods (1)

ArielMT (757715) | more than 9 years ago | (#13047558)

I actually had to do this when I was working for a Met-Life agent (I was young and very naive at the time), cold-calling the entire phone book during downtimes, before the Internet really took off. It was an experience I don't ever want to repeat. Now, thanks to the 'Net, agents are at least a bit smarter about that, although if the insurance industry is still the worst then not smarter by much. Thankfully, a career in insurance is one I very quickly gave up.

Slashdot is NOT a waste of time. (1)

team99parody (880782) | more than 9 years ago | (#13047599)

The article did mention that not all waste is pure waste, as they could spark new ideas,

I suspect half the trolls are going to make jokes about slashdot being a waste of time.

I wish my previous CFO would spend more time on slashdot, and perhaps we'd have done far fewer stupid things like maintaining an unmaintainable mess of microsoft components and forcing them on our customers.

Slashdot, beyond the way the trolls word things, is a great place to find best-practices for the IT world.

Re:Standby Periods (1)

teaDrunk (849107) | more than 9 years ago | (#13047603)

"standy by", "on the job learning", ....:)

I dont think one day has gone by at work without me looking up some tool or solution or something relevant to tasks at hand (and same most of my peers). This ./ addiction could be aproblem though.

As long as one is careful about which sites are visited, as is well. I am kind of sure by now that most of the traffic in average to big sized companies are monitored

Re:Standby Periods (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13047680)

That's /., not ./, you insensitive clod.

Good morning Mr Anderson, this is Smith (0, Offtopic)

ArielMT (757715) | more than 9 years ago | (#13047623)

Maybe start cold-calling: "Good morning Mr Anderson, this is Smith from Surely Insurance, we're wondering if you have a car accident today?"

It's an Agent! And the worst kind, an insurance Agent! They cut the hardline and replaced it with cold calls! We gotta find another exit, fast!

Re:Standby Periods (2, Interesting)

rwven (663186) | more than 9 years ago | (#13047700)

Honestly, in todays way of thinking/working, sometimes the only thing i can do to keep from going nuts is to take some time and just do nothing with it. Other countries think the US is nuts for working as much as they do... Work + no vacation = burnout... I usually spend a good hour or so a day looking around /. and other tech news, reading reviews, etc... It's about all that keeps me sane sometimes...

Re:Standby Periods (2, Funny)

wolenczak (517857) | more than 9 years ago | (#13047760)

Could anyone post some links to effectively waste my time at work? I'm kind of getting bored of /., dilbert, thinkgeek, cnn, the onion, etc...

Ha! (5, Funny)

building_970 (890222) | more than 9 years ago | (#13047399)

I find this story deeply ironic. Only two hours until I can leave this place...

Re:Ha! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13047465)

You have the internet at school?

Re:Ha! (1, Informative)

building_970 (890222) | more than 9 years ago | (#13047613)

I believe the article was about time wasted... at work.

Re:Ha! (1)

Aeron65432 (805385) | more than 9 years ago | (#13047730)

Hi building 970, aka John Smith.

This is your boss. This is even more ironic than you thought, because, all us at management are watching this story.


You're fired.

Regards, The management

You'll never catch me... (4, Funny)

Crudely_Indecent (739699) | more than 9 years ago | (#13047401)

Wasting time on the Internet at work...what...like reading Slashdot? The powers that be will never catch me doing such a thing...

Oh shit, here comes the boss....

+++ATH
NO CARRIER

Re:You'll never catch me... (1)

JeanBaptiste (537955) | more than 9 years ago | (#13047438)

1. Slashdot
2. Fark
3. Pr0n
4. Assorted stupid blogs

I love my job.

I also love being the network admin at my job.

Re:You'll never catch me... (1)

sinserve (455889) | more than 9 years ago | (#13047620)

For me it's comp.* and lambda the utlimate

Re:You'll never catch me... (1)

Ahnteis (746045) | more than 9 years ago | (#13047536)

+++ATH
NO CARRIER


You unplug your internet connection when your boss shows up?

Re:You'll never catch me... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13047554)

If he's using a modem to do his office work, I think there's something worse than the internet to blame for wasted time on the job.

I don't need a study to prove this... (5, Funny)

808paulson (852724) | more than 9 years ago | (#13047403)

All I need to do is just walk around the office.

Re:I don't need a study to prove this... (3, Funny)

Valiss (463641) | more than 9 years ago | (#13047477)

Yeah, and d00d, stop coming by my cube every 5 minutes. Some of us are trying to read Slas^H^H^H do serious work and your making me nervous whenever you walk by!

Re:I don't need a study to prove this... (1)

hobbesx (259250) | more than 9 years ago | (#13047483)

You have to walk? I just have to pull one plug, and wait for the phone to ring...

Re:I don't need a study to prove this... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13047624)

What if it's the phone you unplug?

Time waster (4, Funny)

Reducer2001 (197985) | more than 9 years ago | (#13047408)

And here I am, still at work, posting on Slashdot....

What a nice report (5, Funny)

Ronald Dumsfeld (723277) | more than 9 years ago | (#13047410)

Just who is the target audience for this? Whip-wielding managers who flay anyone not fast enough on Alt-Tab?

Re:What a nice report (1)

RAMMS+EIN (578166) | more than 9 years ago | (#13047462)

Another good reason to do all your work from the command line. Hard to tell from a distance if you're watching pr0n...

Re:What a nice report (3, Funny)

Radres (776901) | more than 9 years ago | (#13047669)

Oh, yeah, baby! Look at that body!

(.)(.)
).(
( | )

Seriously dude, even command-line apps will spawn windows or change the video mode in order to display graphics.

frost post (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13047416)

frost post?

Survey idea (3, Funny)

einhverfr (238914) | more than 9 years ago | (#13047417)

How much time do you waste at work reading Slashdot?

* 1hr/week
* 1hr/day
* 2hrs/day
* 3hrs/day
* I don't read slashdot you insensitive clod (then what are you doing selecting this one)
* CowboyNeal

A Better Survey (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13047463)

A better poll would be

How much time do you waste at work looking at Breasts?

* 1hr/week
* 1hr/day
* 2hrs/day
* 3hrs/day
* I'm gay you insensitive clod (4hrs/day)
* CowboyNeal

Re:Survey idea (1)

Rosco P. Coltrane (209368) | more than 9 years ago | (#13047497)

So the choices are wasting x hours/week reading Slashdot, or wasting CowboyNeal reading Slashdot?

Pot, calling Kettle (-1, Flamebait)

Kiryat Malachi (177258) | more than 9 years ago | (#13047420)

Raise your hand if this story does NOT currently apply to you.

One... two... Mr. Bush, put your hand down!

Ha! Not me. (1)

IntelliTubbie (29947) | more than 9 years ago | (#13047421)

I would never ... aw, dammit.

Cheers,
IT

First post (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13047425)

This is my first first post ever!

Re:First post (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13047606)

Sorry to tell you, but you wasted your time.

Re:First post (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13047643)

doesn't look like you succeeded in logging in first, though!

Ironic (1)

moonpxi (725909) | more than 9 years ago | (#13047429)

This is ironic in so many levels...

Re:Ironic (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13047482)

Don't you think?
A. Morrisat(sp?)

Huh (1)

PunkOfLinux (870955) | more than 9 years ago | (#13047434)

1) the INSURANCE INDUSTRY so... that's why insurance is to expensive! 2) the end of the article reminds of google's 20% thing. 3) no duh, the time has increased.

Wasted time filling out surveys (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13047435)

Did the study measure how much time was wasted filling out useless surveys?

Nooooo! (1)

horsie (91009) | more than 9 years ago | (#13047439)

Ya think?

so ... (1)

jsuarezcasana (898941) | more than 9 years ago | (#13047441)

i'am loving it!

well, now, all back to work

Re:so ... (1)

seanvaandering (604658) | more than 9 years ago | (#13047709)

i'am loving it!

You work at Mcdonalds? I knew those WAPs were being used for something :)

Initech (5, Funny)

iamzack (830561) | more than 9 years ago | (#13047451)

I'd say in a given week I probably only do about fifteen minutes of real, actual, work.

Re:Initech (4, Funny)

Valiss (463641) | more than 9 years ago | (#13047759)

Yes, I get the reference. BUT....

The beauty of that is if you do 30 minutes of work a week, you can tell your boss that you've DOUBLED the productivity!

Ebay! (1)

Chooche (214143) | more than 9 years ago | (#13047453)

I take this job bc it allows me to ebay sniping all day.

hey! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13047470)

"Stop reading this headline and get back to work"

Hey!! No fair!

And as I read this... (1)

vDiver (62458) | more than 9 years ago | (#13047481)

I thought HEY! I'm getting paid to read this!

Re:And as I read this... (1)

Rosco P. Coltrane (209368) | more than 9 years ago | (#13047555)

Hey Jeff, can you come to my office, I have a pink piece of paper for you.

Signed: Robert, your Boss

Re:And as I read this... (1)

climbon321 (874929) | more than 9 years ago | (#13047745)

It's great to think of it that way. At this job I've gotten paid to... Surf the internet Talk with coworkers Watch TV Sleep Go to 7-11 Go shopping Play Darts Rollerblade in the parking lot Duck out back to play basketball Listen to music Play video games and I remember something about acctual work....

I have no choice in the matter (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13047505)

Just started a teaching gig at the local college, and my entire class for the day is off sick.

For some reason I get to stay for the entire day though. Boo! With a projector and some flash games! Yay!

I'm amazed.. (1)

filmchild (719727) | more than 9 years ago | (#13047507)

at the utter irony of /. posting an article about wasting time at work. The paradoxicalness is hurting my head. I need to sit down...

Won't change anything... (1)

IorDMUX (870522) | more than 9 years ago | (#13047508)

"In some cases this extra wasted time might be considered 'creative waste'--time that may well have a positive impact on the company's culture, work environment, and even business results"

Yeah, try telling that to my boss. No study will ever reduce the importance of ALT-TAB.

...I'm really not wasting time. I'm waiting for my copper PCB to finish etching... really.

I wanted to participate in that (2, Funny)

chowdmouse (155597) | more than 9 years ago | (#13047513)

but I was too busy playing Internet Scrabble.

What a waste of study (3, Interesting)

soma_0806 (893202) | more than 9 years ago | (#13047514)


Come on, in this day and age a "scientific" study cannot possibly think it's going to say anything meaningful about wasting time at work if it considers "the internet" as one thing. Clearly, it needs to be subcategorized into meaningful elements. Maybe something like webmailers, on-line magazines, interactive discussion groups, etc. That way the researchers could seperate the waste from the worthy.

I mean, to study people wasting time on the internet is tantamount to studying people wasting time on computers.

AC

Butt location. (3, Insightful)

Jaywalk (94910) | more than 9 years ago | (#13047521)

The internet also allows multitasking "wasted" and "productive" time because it's the only activity that keeps your butt firmly lodged in it's seat. I can check news or stock reports while waiting for that email to come back or for a compile to complete. If I actually got up and did something else, I wouldn't know when those things actually finished.

Would it save my employer anything for me to be staring at the blank screen instead?

Re:Butt location. (3, Interesting)

gmletzkojr (768460) | more than 9 years ago | (#13047671)

Sadly, some employers do prefer that you stare at a blank screen. The company I work for (when I was in the home office) would not allow people to read a magazine or a book when compiling - even if it is a programming magazine/book.

"Dr. Dobbs? I don't think so - you're not in the medical profession anyway!"

BTW, that company is not the same as the one listed in my URL.

I'm sick and need help (2, Funny)

lheal (86013) | more than 9 years ago | (#13047522)

with my slashdot addiction.

Please, someone make me stop. It's taking up all my time. I've started writing songs about it, so when I lose my job and am out on the street I'll have something to sing while I panhandle.

This is a lot harder to kick than nicotene, crack, heroin, alcohol, meth, overeating, bulemia, and necrophilia were.

Re:I'm sick and need help (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13047634)

You fool! Don't kick necrophilia!

They fall to bits!

Re:I'm sick and need help (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13047721)

best joke evar!

Cheers

I can't tell the difference (1)

part_of_you (859291) | more than 9 years ago | (#13047534)

between work, and goofing off. I work for a company that writes software. I am in the hardware dept.

...just imagine the possibilities.

The reason Zonk is a good Slashdot employee (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13047539)

He doesn't waste any time reading Slashdot.

wow! (1)

Antonymous Flower (848759) | more than 9 years ago | (#13047544)

Wow, people use the internet to waste time at work? Tell me something I don't know. This is as obvious as "the number one item ingested by humans is drink, followed closely by food."

Does the article mention what the internet is being used for? Does the article link to the report?

Re:wow! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13047625)

Does the article link to the report?

HA! :)

What about private time spent working? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13047547)

It's 10.30pm where I am, I'm still working, I spent the last weekend working and I'll be working most nights this week, too. It seems few studies---and I admit to not reading TFA---also consider how much time workers spend working when they should not be.

But maybe this is that one time when I should have read the article.

Without the internet and sites like /. (3, Insightful)

phorm (591458) | more than 9 years ago | (#13047551)

I'd possibly do more in a given day, but I'd also be much less informed. Quite a few purchase decisions, new technology concepts, and water-cooler-conferences are based around news/ideas I pick up on the net...

And to go a bit further, without forums, reference sites, online howto's, and last-but-not-least the almighty google I'd would be nearly as efficient as I am at work... having a server bork with mysterious driver issues is quite often solved with part inuition/experience and part googling the error messages...

i have my routine set for when i come to work... (4, Funny)

tont0r (868535) | more than 9 years ago | (#13047557)

sit down and sign in ASAP read email
read slashdot
read news
rews world of warcraft forums
talk to co workers
check slashdot for new articles
attempt to hope i can come up with a witty response to an article...
then.. do work?
ps
someone came up to me while i was typing this (im at work now) and read it. wonder what they thought of it. hehe.

Re:i have my routine set for when i come to work.. (1)

RM6f9 (825298) | more than 9 years ago | (#13047750)

Dude, the boss is coming! Quick, take a call! (your neighbor in Cube-Farm Hell)

Big week for Missouri (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13047561)

Yesterday its mentioned as a cheap location to film along with Roumania and Bulgaria, now it has the laziest workers in the country. How will you surprise us tomorrow o great state of scenic vistas an slacker employees.

Re:Big week for Missouri (1)

jdp816 (895616) | more than 9 years ago | (#13047771)

It must be because those of us here in the Mighty MO are busy surfing the career sites for those lucrative underground filmmakers! Ya know, I've personally worked for Terror Productions, who also runs one of the biggest and most popular Haunted Houses int he city, and thee country. MO actually has a large industry in the Haunted House market. It's too bad I couldn't surf on anything better thana cell phone while waiting for the next group to make it to my room for a scare. JDP (7+ year veteran "scare" actor, top of the rank in employee responsibility while working, ie. freedom to roam the building during hours instead of a specific room only, give breaks and stand-ins, "go-fer" for upper management, etc.)

Increased Leisure Time (4, Insightful)

Ronald Dumsfeld (723277) | more than 9 years ago | (#13047562)

I remember as a child being promised in TV programs about the future a shorter working week, increased leisure time, and robots and computers doing more of the work.

Instead I'm expected to be available 12 hours out of 24 instead of 8. So, when the machine is doing the job for me, or I need to take a break from a problem and come back fresh, why the hell shouldn't I goof off on the Internet. My parents' generation did it with newspapers - even if they had to lock themselves in the toilet to do so.

Three quarters of a TRILLION dollars? (1)

ARRRLovin (807926) | more than 9 years ago | (#13047568)

I find this very hard to believe, as I contribute to my 2.09 hours of alloted goof off time according to this study.

Re:Three quarters of a TRILLION dollars? (1)

Tesen (858022) | more than 9 years ago | (#13047761)

I find this very hard to believe, as I contribute to my 2.09 hours of alloted goof off time according to this study.

Gotta wonder how much of that is overpaid board members and senior level managers that love to run office to office (i.e. to other managers offices) trying to seem witty.

Tes

I waste my time (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13047570)

Installing different flavors of linux on old laptops and PCs :)

...


and posting on slashdot :(

Um, am I the only one... (5, Funny)

ISaidItOmega (792820) | more than 9 years ago | (#13047575)

... that feels like this study is stupid? From TFA:

Through a Web survey involving more than 10,000 employees, the report found that personal Internet surfing ranked as the top method of cooling one's heels at work.

Gee, most people on a web survey spend their personal time on the Internet. Thats like going to to a Red Sox game and surveying people on what their favorite sport is! I'll post again in a few, but for right now, I'm going to go to a strip club and survey people on womens' rights.

Re:Um, am I the only one... (1)

kin_korn_karn (466864) | more than 9 years ago | (#13047681)

Strip clubs exploit men, not women. Your point is still valid, though.

Re:Um, am I the only one... (1)

exp(pi*sqrt(163)) (613870) | more than 9 years ago | (#13047767)

Strip clubs exploit men and women. Men also exploit strip clubs and so do women. That's the nature of a capitalist economy: it's not a zero sum game.

Work is a waste of time (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13047591)

I keep thinking, dammit, that if I didn't spend so much time working, I might be able to do something productive.

Check out these interesting stats (1)

Zapraki (737378) | more than 9 years ago | (#13047592)

Average hours wasted per person, per day, were highest in the insurance industry, at 2.5 hours per day. The public sector (excluding education) was second at 2.4 hours per day, followed by research & development at 2.3 hours a day. The "Software & Internet" industry ranked fifth, at 2.2 hours a day.
Conclusion: The so-called "Software & Internet" industry is full of /.ers, and clearly /. is *not* a "waste" of time, therefore time spent on /. cannot be considered "wasted". Either that, or we're just better at hiding it. Or our bosses don't care (as much) because they do it too...

Ok, time to go back to work and program something...

Do we need... (1)

dextroz (808012) | more than 9 years ago | (#13047602)

...another stupid survey like this?

With Management decision-making paranoia/intelligence falling rock-bottom in most companies, I am sure we can do without these asinine pseudo-productivity reports...

I hate wasting time (1)

aaronmcdaid (771190) | more than 9 years ago | (#13047608)

I hate wasting time,

Wasting valuable surfing time by doing work, that is.

everyone will make the lame slashdot reference (1)

Kookus (653170) | more than 9 years ago | (#13047637)

You might consider reading through slashdot as a waste of time, but every so often you learn something that helps your work life. As with any type of news service, the more we learn about what's going on around us the more we can use that information in useful ways. Granted you might waste more time then you gain in productivity, you still atleast walk away from the ordeal knowing a little bit more. The problem with slashdot is the amount of garbage that gets posted, you just have to learn how to sift through that and get the information you need.

"wasted" (1)

pintomp3 (882811) | more than 9 years ago | (#13047639)

i don't think a lot of time is wasted. most jobs are requiring more and more availibility. this doesn't mean you are working the entire time, but are there for what needs to be done. employees who are professional will drop the "goofing off" and do what needs to be done when it needs to be done. the type that want to waste time instead of working did so before the internet, and will find other ways if the internet isn't an option anymore. it's like asking "how much time does the water cooler waste?" flex time and broadband are making things even more flexible. it lets you do the work that needs to be done, while not wasting time commuting, cutting down office space, etc. of course this only works with employees who won't take advatage of it. they still have to wake up for business hours. if you are hiring ppl u don't trust to take the work seriously and have to micromanage, you aren't doing your job right.

Creative Waste (1)

killermookie (708026) | more than 9 years ago | (#13047650)

In some cases this extra wasted time might be considered 'creative waste'...

Look! I'm creating waste with Nethack!

Welcome to Firefox/Opera tabs (2, Funny)

grungebox (578982) | more than 9 years ago | (#13047659)

Just open up about 10 important sites on different tabs (in my case, PDF's of different Phys Rev or Nano Letters papers), open whatever you're surfing on the 11th tab, say arstechnica^H^H^Hslashdot. Boss comes by, just flick your mouse to the tab bar and quickly scroll the mouse wheel some. You have a 10/11 chance of landing on a work-related site. It's like playing Russian Roulette, sort of, except in the US. OTOH, in Soviet Russia, Russian Roulette plays...never mind.

refresh (1)

dwight0 (513303) | more than 9 years ago | (#13047661)

refresh it yo!

the internet and solitaire. (4, Interesting)

pair-a-noyd (594371) | more than 9 years ago | (#13047663)

Some years back in my small business I put a PC on the desk of my receptionist, around 1996 I think.
She was *supposed* to use it to do my accounting..
I didn't put it on the Internet, though she begged for it, because I wasn't about to add another phoneline for something I didn't consider important.

Rather than doing my accounting, she spent 98% of her time playing solitaire.. Nothing pissed me off worse than to walk in and see her clicking away at that frigging retarded game while on the clock.
I was paying her to play games and have a good time.
So I went in after closing and deleted the damn games.
She whined and cried about it, I told her the computer crashed and they were "eaten up"..
She managed to click around and find some other BS game to play, which I also deleted.
Again, more whining.
I then told her she was paid to work, not play games.
She said she could do her job in 45 minutes and that the rest of the day there was nothing else to do.
I would have fired her if I hadn't needed her to answer the phones and dispatch jobs. That and she was my cousins wife.. (don't hire relatives.....)
She told me if I didn't put the games back on she would quit.

Finally, cell phone service came to our area, (yes, we were very backwards here) and I fired her, took the computer home, cut 4 of my land lines and forwarded them all to my cell phone.

I know this won't work for most people, it's just my experience with employees wasting MY time and MY money...

Be careful how... (3, Funny)

ArielMT (757715) | more than 9 years ago | (#13047666)

You never know who else is wasting time at work: http://bash.org/?258908 [bash.org]

Eating is a greater waste of time. (1)

Lucid Interval (861321) | more than 9 years ago | (#13047684)

If I wasn't spending precious minutes preparing food, I could be on the Internet that much longer!

2/3 of this time is spent (1)

ZipR (584654) | more than 9 years ago | (#13047699)

Complaining about dupes on slashdot. The rest is spent on trying to get the elusive "first post" on various message boards all around the innernet.

Priceless (1)

NotFamous (827147) | more than 9 years ago | (#13047716)

Wasting time at work: Read Slashdot

Wasting time in the university: Perform useless studies

Wasting time at Slashdot HQ: Post results of above study.

Slashdot got me a raise (1)

Weasel Boy (13855) | more than 9 years ago | (#13047717)

Reading Slashdot led me to learn how to architect a web application server about six months before my employer discovered it needed to deploy one. :-)

Twelve months later the whole office was laid off, but that's another story. Er, I hope.

My employer encourages to use Internet (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13047725)

My employer encourages us to use the Internet. I can even read Slashdot freely, because it means that I stay up to date of what's going on in IT business. My boss says it's important part of my job. I'm a Unix system administrator.

Have you ever noticed... (1)

Tim Browse (9263) | more than 9 years ago | (#13047755)

...that the sort of people who get upset about surveys like this are exactly the same people who want you to work evenings and weekends without compensation/overtime?

My favourite of recent times was having worked 5 weekends in a row or something, I wanted to work from home one day because I was getting a new PC delivered (I had no holiday allowance left). You wouldn't believe the excuses that came out as to why that couldn't happen.

("Well, what if everyone wanted to do that?")

Its not the time invested that counts. (2, Insightful)

Shivetya (243324) | more than 9 years ago | (#13047764)

It is what you do with the time you dedicate to your job. My employer whats certain things done. I have timelines. As long as I meet or exceed those timelines they are more than happy.

Yes it has been commented that I surf a lot. However to have your VP rebut that comment with praise for the quality and consistency of your work does say that some people do get it.

Hell there are people not making calls or surfing that waste more of a companies time just by being there. I cannot tally the number of hours spent doing something someone else supposedly did. I cannot tally the hours spent on some high level persons personal directive that only was tossed at a later date.

Obligatory Bash.org Quote (5, Funny)

Aeron65432 (805385) | more than 9 years ago | (#13047778)

Ben174 : If they only realized 90% of the overtime they pay me is only cause i like staying here playing with Kazaa when the bandwidth picks up after hours.
ChrisLMB : If any of my employees did that they'd be fired instantly.
Ben174 : Where u work?
ChrisLMB : I'm the CTO at LowerMyBills.com
*** Ben174 (BenWright@TeraPro33-41.LowerMyBills.com) Quit (Leaving)

http://www.bash.org/?258908/ [bash.org]

Is It Really Wasted Time? (4, Interesting)

airship (242862) | more than 9 years ago | (#13047781)

I just had my annual review, and one of the things my boss ranked me high on was 'being informed' and 'proactively seeking solutions'. He was most impressed with the fact that I found, downloaded, and provided lots of Oracle technical information just an hour after we had decided to evaluate Oracle as a vendor. I also got high points for 'taking the lead' in learning about business rules and use cases and presenting that information to our team. Guess where I got all my information? Since the development project we worked on all year went belly up a couple of months ago, frankly cruising the 'net was the only thing I did all year that got me points in my evaluation. So which time was actually wasted? the hundreds of hours I spent on a project that was scrapped, or the time I spent on the 'net that got me bonus points with the boss?
Go figure.
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