It will probably come as a big surprise to most employers that a new study has found that just 5% of employees list Facebook, Twitter and other social media accounts as their biggest cause of wasted time in the office.
According to the survey of 300 employees who use computers as part of their daily job, the single biggest cause of time wasting in the office was good, old-fashioned gossiping. That’s right, chatting with co-workers was rated as the top office time-wasting activity, with 14% guilty of this vocational transgression, which was good enough to finish ahead of computer problems (11 %) and meetings (11 %). Surfing the Internet finished fourth and was a regarded as a separate/standalone anti-productivity activity from social media.
This, and other anti-productivity data, can be seen in the infographic below.