Time Wasting Activities within the Workplace (Don’t Be Apart of Them)


If you work in an office for a small or large organization, you will notice managers, supervisors, and even your co-workers engaging in time-wasting activities during the day. Typical examples of such activities are talking around the water cooler spreading office gossip or sitting in non-productive meetings. These non-productive, time-wasting activities are common in the workplace. This paper’s objective is to help you to identify time-wasting behaviors and what to do about them, based on information gathered through observations in the workplace and recent research articles on the topic. In particular, the paper identifies three areas of non-productivity: preoccupation and not focused on the task at hand, attending useless meetings, and time-consuming communication unrelated to office business. The paper also identifies the time frames during which time-wasting activities occur.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 7

Keywords: Time wasters, Time Management, Workplace, Frivolous meetings, Boring, Preoccupation, Productivity

Darden, Derrick C., Time Wasting Activities within the Workplace (Don’t Be Apart of Them) (June 25, 2015). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2623378


I am a graduate with a PhD from Capella University in the field of Organization and Management, a MS in the field of Human Resources from University of Oklahoma and a Bachelor’s in the field of Business Administration from Liberty University. Professional Credentials: I am a retired Army Warrant Officer, with a background in Logistic Management. The positions held in the military included Senior Project Manager Leader, Logistics Manager and Supply Systems Technician. Presently, I work for the Department of Defense in the field Defense Acquisition and Contracting. For more than 9 years, I served as a college professor for both online and traditional learning teaching courses in the areas of Organizational Behavior, Compensation Management and Research, Assessment Methods in Human Resources, Test and Measurement and Adult Human Development and Behavior.
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