Monday, 16 April 2012



Time wasting at work, also known as time thief, time bandit or time stealer, has always been the bane of organizations, both in the private and especially the public sectors. Anyone who has attended a time management course will know that to better manage time, one has to first identify the time stealers.

The following is an infographic which displays the findings of a survey to pin-point the time thieves. The study suggests cloud-based unified communications solutions - in short better technology. Maybe, but those with long employment experience will known that attitude too plays a critical role.

5 Things That Waste Your Time at Work [INFOGRAPHIC]
By Matt Silverman, Mashable, 13 April 2012.

Aside from the time you purposefully waste at work - checking Facebook or playing Draw Something, as the kids do - there’s a lot of other stuff that can slow you down at the office. The productivity of a “knowledge worker” (read: non-farmer) hinges on communication and the ability to locate information quickly.

VoIP communications company Fonality conducted a survey to find out which mundane office tasks suck the most time out of the day. Pinpointing and compiling all those wasted man hours could save companies some substantial coin. The folks at social performance management tool Rypple compiled the infographic below based on that data.

The top time stealer? Trying to contact customers or colleagues. Duplicate or unwanted information (including spam) ranks highly as well.

The study also proposes that “unified communications” (UC) solutions can reduce much of this waste, though it’s difficult to determine by how much.

“Calculating the potential cost savings for a UC implementation is an inexact science at best. Each company has different needs. And UC implementations do not consist of an exact set of components,” the report reads.

Still, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that cloud computing is one way to mitigate certain time sucks. What factors waste your precious time at work? Can they be overcome with better technology? Let us know in the comments.

Source: via Ben on Pinterest

[Source: Mashable. Edited. Top image added.]

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