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(NPR)   New research suggests smart phone users get regular breaks during work to use their phones because it makes them more productive, especially when compared to smokers   (npr.org) divider line 17
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2014-07-15 06:41:04 PM  
Next up, drinking on the job. Hop to it, researchers
 
2014-07-15 07:19:47 PM  

AverageAmericanGuy: Next up, drinking on the job. Hop to it, researchers


You know what makes you REALLY productive? Meth.
 
2014-07-15 07:19:55 PM  
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2014-07-15 07:56:33 PM  
Meh, most of the smokers I have known over the years were far more productive, on average, than were non-smokers.  If we are talking about nicotine and not THC mind you....

Far as I saw, a smoker will take a ten minute break and work through to lunch or the next break or whatever.

A non-smoker will take a ten minute break, and talk at the water cooler for another 5-15 or chat up the supervisor about cars or sports, take more bathroom breaks(from all that water), etc.

Sure, there are exceptions to the rule, but I saw more non-smoker slackers than lazy smokers.  Nicotine is a stimulant, you know.  Somewhat on par to coffee as far as upping one's production.

As for smart phones.  If it's at official break time only, it's moot, 6 of one, half a dozen of the other, it's not a stimulant or anything like that, so the lazy people will be lazy, and those with good worth ethic will get more done.

If it's not on official break, more often than not, people who play with smart phones are by logical fact, not working.  So even if their productivity(per minutes "working") is marginally better they're still on par with people that are working that whole time(8 hours minus official breaks/lunch).

I don't see anything that's not a drug helping out that much, most micro breaks are created equal.  If someone is so distracted that they NEED to text, odds are pretty damn good that they're not paying enough attention to work when they're not on the phone.
 
2014-07-15 08:08:15 PM  
Puhlease. I take a break from my phone to work
 
2014-07-15 08:18:04 PM  

fusillade762: AverageAmericanGuy: Next up, drinking on the job. Hop to it, researchers

You know what makes you REALLY productive? Meth.


Iknowithelpsmegetthroughthedayinrecordtime
 
2014-07-15 08:22:16 PM  
I find it sad that there are people in office jobs who still have specified break times.  But maybe I'm just spoiled at my job.
 
2014-07-15 08:49:05 PM  

omeganuepsilon: Meh, most of the smokers I have known over the years were far more productive, on average, than were non-smokers.  If we are talking about nicotine and not THC mind you....

Far as I saw, a smoker will take a ten minute break and work through to lunch or the next break or whatever.

A non-smoker will take a ten minute break, and talk at the water cooler for another 5-15 or chat up the supervisor about cars or sports, take more bathroom breaks(from all that water), etc.

Sure, there are exceptions to the rule, but I saw more non-smoker slackers than lazy smokers.  Nicotine is a stimulant, you know.  Somewhat on par to coffee as far as upping one's production.

As for smart phones.  If it's at official break time only, it's moot, 6 of one, half a dozen of the other, it's not a stimulant or anything like that, so the lazy people will be lazy, and those with good worth ethic will get more done.

If it's not on official break, more often than not, people who play with smart phones are by logical fact, not working.  So even if their productivity(per minutes "working") is marginally better they're still on par with people that are working that whole time(8 hours minus official breaks/lunch).

I don't see anything that's not a drug helping out that much, most micro breaks are created equal.  If someone is so distracted that they NEED to text, odds are pretty damn good that they're not paying enough attention to work when they're not on the phone.


I see the opposite. Smokers spend 15 minutes out of each hour in the smoking area instead of working, then kid themselves they're more productive. The smokers spend the first ten minutes back from their break trying to figure out what they were doing before they left, then they actually work hard for 15 minutes, then their attention starts to wander as the nicotine wears off and they start jonesing for another fix. Any work they do in the last 10 minutes before they head back out for another smoke will be f**cked up and they'll have to do it over. Or it's a rush job and some non-smoker will have to fix it while the smoker stands outside and talks about how much more productive he is than a non-smoker.
 
2014-07-15 09:31:45 PM  
Smoke breaks are when I have "elevator" meetings with other smokers.
 
2014-07-15 09:32:03 PM  
we already get them.  They're called going into the one-hole bathroom, put your smart phone on your knee and use the other hand to vape.
 
2014-07-15 10:30:45 PM  
Slackers, look the CEO's yacht ain't going to gold plate itself!  Back to work, yes I mean you mister comments on fark during daylight!
 
2014-07-15 10:51:00 PM  
Male smokers generally take 6-7 minutes for one smoke break, and tend to remain productive even during that break. Making notes, cleaning, planning their next project, etc.    I'm not being misogynistic, but female smokers tend to stop everything and do nothing else when they take a smoke break.  Even so, once the nicotine is in their system, the break is over, and work immediately resumes.

When smoking was still legal inside offices, many studies were done about smoking.    This was the main take-away.  Males kept working while smoking, most females stopped working to smoke, get coffee, make a phone call - the simple act of lighting a cigarette became a de-facto break for them, versus continued work for the men.  Again, not being misogynistic.  These were the facts at the time of the studies.  Non-smoking offices were actually more the result of  lowered productivity than the health issues.

Non-smokers, male or female, will just stop everything during their unofficial break time and do nothing productive for 10-15 minutes.  Then waste time "catching up" after the break.
 
2014-07-15 11:40:01 PM  
The smokers where I work take a shiatload of smoke breaks. But I only care about what they wind up producing and I only care then when it affects me. Women who take off a couple hours  early every other day for some stupid thing with their kids waste a lot more time but they're usually the ones who do nothing anyway.

Me, three minutes an hour with a flask I already have in my pocket and I'm good.
 
2014-07-16 12:13:29 AM  
I'm at work on my smart phone, smoking, while taking a bathroom break so I'm getting a kick. Night shift job, bathroom wont be used till day-walkers return. Hell i might even rub one out before going back. Gotta love skilled trades in the UAW.
 
2014-07-16 12:38:31 AM  

bingethinker: omeganuepsilon: Meh, most of the smokers I have known over the years were far more productive, on average, than were non-smokers.  If we are talking about nicotine and not THC mind you....

Far as I saw, a smoker will take a ten minute break and work through to lunch or the next break or whatever.

A non-smoker will take a ten minute break, and talk at the water cooler for another 5-15 or chat up the supervisor about cars or sports, take more bathroom breaks(from all that water), etc.

Sure, there are exceptions to the rule, but I saw more non-smoker slackers than lazy smokers.  Nicotine is a stimulant, you know.  Somewhat on par to coffee as far as upping one's production.

I see the opposite. Smokers spend 15 minutes out of each hour in the smoking area instead of working, then kid themselves they're more productive. The smokers spend the first ten minutes back from their break trying to figure out what they were doing before they left, then they actually work hard for 15 minutes, then their attention starts to wander as the nicotine wears off and they start jonesing for another fix. Any work they do in the last 10 minutes before they head back out for another smoke will be f**cked up and they'll have to do it over. Or it's a rush job and some non-smoker will have to fix it while the smoker stands outside and talks about how much more productive he is than a non-smoker.


Yeah, me too. Cool story, breh:  I used to work at a place where they banned smoking on the premises so the smokers had to leave the campus if they wanted to smoke. It was in the middle of nowhere so they couldn't just walk across the street because there was nothing there but a big field of grass... too obvious.  So the smokers in my department would get in someone's car and go drive around and smoke and that was their break and they were gone for longer periods of time because they had to walk to their car, turn it on, drive off the property (which was fairly large), drive around, then come back, find a place to park the car, etc. And, of course, if someone needed them while they were gone, they didn't give a crap. That is not productive, that is a bunch of bullshiat. In addition, some of the people in a nearby neighborhood complained that some of the smokers (I don't know who they were) would park in their driveways and smoke and then dump their cigarette butts on said driveways.

/Also, my old boss smelled like a farking smokestack. God she was a disgusting animal.
 
2014-07-16 05:57:18 AM  
I inadvertently end up taking lots of micro breaks to check fark during the day and I always let the work stress drain away at 6pm no problem. I pronounce this study "valid".
 
2014-07-16 11:29:56 AM  

Needlessly Complicated: bingethinker: omeganuepsilon: Meh, most of the smokers I have known over the years were far more productive, on average, than were non-smokers.  If we are talking about nicotine and not THC mind you....

Far as I saw, a smoker will take a ten minute break and work through to lunch or the next break or whatever.

A non-smoker will take a ten minute break, and talk at the water cooler for another 5-15 or chat up the supervisor about cars or sports, take more bathroom breaks(from all that water), etc.

Sure, there are exceptions to the rule, but I saw more non-smoker slackers than lazy smokers.  Nicotine is a stimulant, you know.  Somewhat on par to coffee as far as upping one's production.

I see the opposite. Smokers spend 15 minutes out of each hour in the smoking area instead of working, then kid themselves they're more productive. The smokers spend the first ten minutes back from their break trying to figure out what they were doing before they left, then they actually work hard for 15 minutes, then their attention starts to wander as the nicotine wears off and they start jonesing for another fix. Any work they do in the last 10 minutes before they head back out for another smoke will be f**cked up and they'll have to do it over. Or it's a rush job and some non-smoker will have to fix it while the smoker stands outside and talks about how much more productive he is than a non-smoker.

Yeah, me too. Cool story, breh:  I used to work at a place where they banned smoking on the premises so the smokers had to leave the campus if they wanted to smoke. It was in the middle of nowhere so they couldn't just walk across the street because there was nothing there but a big field of grass... too obvious.  So the smokers in my department would get in someone's car and go drive around and smoke and that was their break and they were gone for longer periods of time because they had to walk to their car, turn it on, drive off the property (which was fairly large), drive around, ...



Sounds like where I work. "Curb to Curb no smoking!" so all the smokers have to walk ALL the way across the parking lot to the actual street to smoke. (We're also on a big campus here) Net result is an extra 4-5 minutes of walking each way, so each 15 minute smoke break is now a least 20 minute smoke break. But the bosses all smoke so don't you DARE complain or imply that smoking 4-5 cigs a day results in lower productivity. Even though quantitatively you are away from work for at least an extra hour more than everyone else.
 
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