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.
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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