Wasted Time At Work Costing Companies Billions





I mean you no harm l3wis. We have met and I find you and your site very refreshing.

That being said…from the San Francisco Gate



For many American workers today, time’s a wastin’ – literally. According to a new survey by America Online and Salary.com, the average worker admits to frittering away 2.09 hours per 8-hour workday, not including lunch and scheduled break-time. As a matter of practice, companies assume a certain amount of wasted time when determining employee pay. However, the America Online / Salary.com survey indicates that employees are wasting about twice as much time as their employers expect. Salary.com calculated that employers spend $759 billion per year on salaries for which real work was expected, but not actually performed.
The biggest distraction for respondents? Personal Internet use. 44.7% of the more than 10,000 people polled cited web surfing as their #1 distraction at work. Socializing with co-workers came in second at 23.4%. Conducting personal business, “spacing out,” running errands, and making personal phone calls were the other popular time-wasting activities in the workplace.



How many here frit away their companies hours? I only bring this up because one of our white collar contributors was appalled that a blue collar park caretaker was seen watering a tree AND reading a book…ALL AT THE SAME TIME. Oh, the horror. You white collar guys here claim you’re still doing your job. So what part of that park caretakers responsibility was he not meeting while reading that book?  To those who were outraged that a blue collar worker might actually get away with this…YOU ARE A HYPOCRIT.


#1 Costner on 02.03.10 at 8:22 am

Have you ever asked these “white collar” people you continually accuse of stealing their employer’s time what time they take their breaks or if they take breaks? Have you asked them when they take lunch or if they take lunch?

Have you asked them what days of the week they work? Have you asked them if they are salary or hourly? How about if they are on call or if they are given comp time for the extra hours they work throughout the week or when they are called at home or work on a Saturday? Have you asked them how many hours a week they work versus how many hours they are paid? Have you asked them if they are contractors, self-employed, consultants, or regular employees? Have you ever asked them if they are retired, if they work part-time, or if they own the company they are working at?

Nope…you haven’t. Because you just like to point out what is wrong with everyone else without knowing half as much as you would like to think you know. Even when people tell you something you simply disregard it and call them a liar for answering your question – so why would anyone ever offer you any personal information about themselves?

We all know you’re directing this post squarely at me because you don’t like the fact that I present facts that shoot holes in your little theories and make you look like a fool, and therefore you try to prevent me from posting any way possible.

If this was your site, I’m certain by now you would have banned my IP addresses, but since you can’t do that you merely resort to your old bag of tricks which includes pretty much every logical fallacy known to man.

Frankly, I have no idea why L3wis allows you to post on this site. Of the many contributors here, some are very entertaining, some are informative, some are clearly very intelligent, and some offer a alternative viewpoint on unique issues…. but all you ever do is bitch and complain. You beat those dead horses time and time again with the same two or three subjects – and you resort to cutting and pasting the same paragraphs as if they are more valuable the 10th or 11th time you present them.

No – in my opinion you add nothing to this site, and in fact I think you detract from the overall quality. Mind you who L3wis allows to post here is 100% his business because he is the one who owns the site, but that is merely my opinion.

I’m done with you. Attack me all you wish, I may post a retort to your otherwise senseless garbage so people can actually know the true facts, but I will not be responding directly to you as you are unworthy of my time.

Good day sir.

P.S. – the actual spelling is “hypocrite”, and if you don’t like them you should go into your basement and sit in the corner…at least that way you would only be around one of them.

#2 l3wis on 02.03.10 at 8:51 am

Poly- No worries, kinda hard for me to post on the internet when I’m waiting on tables.

#3 l3wis on 02.03.10 at 9:01 am

I kind of agree with Costner, especially when it comes to ‘salaried’ employees. People who are paid a salary IMO are paid to get a job done. Sometimes they can do that job in less then 40 hours a week sometimes more. As long as they are getting the job done that they are getting paid to get done, who cares how much time they spend on the internet.

#4 Angry Guy on 02.03.10 at 9:49 am

STFU, Poly.
I’m with Costner on this one. I cannot, for the life of me, figure out what led to DL giving you access to this site. I’m going to assume the reasoning was similar to his decision to let me post, in that vodka was involved.

Who gives a fuck how much time we waste at work? I get shit done and deserve to surf porn and rant on blogs if I want to. Now go fix me a turkey pot pie or knit me a sweater or whatever other BORING activity you and WarrenPhear fill your days with.

#5 l3wis on 02.03.10 at 9:59 am

Actually, Poly bought me a beer, that’s why I let him post. And if some jackass legislators get their way you will all have to post using your real names;


#6 Scott on 02.03.10 at 10:29 am

I wish the Argus would make people use their real names.

#7 l3wis on 02.03.10 at 8:25 pm

Hell, they can’t even get that on their printed Opinion page.

#8 Ghost of Dude on 02.04.10 at 12:50 pm

Poly, you tried this with me in the past when we were arguing about some nonsensical subject.

My time is my own. I own my own business and nobody but my wife can tell me what to do with my time.