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(Reuters)   According to today's "pulled this one out of my ass" survey, employees waste $544 billion by surfing the Net, socializing with coworkers and just "spacing out." Bob and Bob unavailable for comment   ( today.reuters.com) divider line
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2006-08-23 04:22:50 PM  
and employers on average shortchange the salaries of their workers by $544 billion anually.
2006-08-23 04:22:51 PM  
Does anyone else find fake work to be extremely painful? i.e. 5 1/2 hours of looking mindless at the internet?

/not suggesting doing work, but wishes he could do something else
2006-08-23 04:23:30 PM  
I have my own biz and work at home. I'm glad none of you lot work for me because here you are on Fark. Oh- me too.
Get back to work.
2006-08-23 04:24:37 PM  
In other news $50 Trillion is wasted every year by companies both trying to force productivity and interfering with productive work while it is happening.
2006-08-23 04:24:42 PM  
There aren't enough hours in the day to get my work done. You can all go to hell.

/public defender
2006-08-23 04:25:48 PM  
Was the 'obvious' tag broken.
2006-08-23 04:26:25 PM  
Next week, we'll show you which part of the goose makes the gold.
2006-08-23 04:27:17 PM  
Office Space reference trifecta in play.
2006-08-23 04:29:16 PM  
Fun_Ender: Does anyone else find fake work to be extremely painful? i.e. 5 1/2 hours of looking mindless at the internet?

Yes, especially since I have to watch my surfing habits lest something I click gets caught by the filter and reported.
2006-08-23 04:29:18 PM  
Oh man, I spent my entire 8-5PM online yesterday, with the exception of lunch break, when I left the office.

An entire day spent Farking? Survey says:

2006-08-23 04:30:11 PM  
I just did a study and found that $6 billion a year gets wasted on stupid studies.
2006-08-23 04:31:15 PM  
oldfarthenry: They forgot `crop-dusting' the executive lounge on their list.

hmmm... BRB...
2006-08-23 04:31:22 PM  
Does this study include executive golf time? Roundabout flights to the wife/mistress? Time spent staring out a window? Executive daytrading time.

The insurance company I'm consulting at, well, that's their CEO's favorite pastimes. I remember walking by the office and being called in because the normal tech guy was having a problem fixing his internet access (after all I'm a "Computer Consultant" [not quite right, I'm a "Computer Software/Hardware Integration Consultant] according to him). This takes away from my primary time and while I was not contractually obligated, I helped out quick. Suggested a different cable because the CEO had not 1 but 3 roller chairs. Tech guy whips out a new cable and bang. Then I see what was so all fired important, Daytrading.

This is the same CEO who circulated a memo about employees wasting company time, meh.
2006-08-23 04:31:28 PM  
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Not available for comment..
2006-08-23 04:32:44 PM  
Ummmm... Yeah.. I'm gonna have to go ahead and sorta disagree with you on those statistics.
2006-08-23 04:35:18 PM  
I hear ya Fun_Ender. It's maddening.

Also, I'd love to know how much money/time/energy is wasted by employers just trying to keep employees busy. Projects started just for something to do rather than to improve the company in any major way.

Our Work/Stress culture sucks.
2006-08-23 04:36:38 PM  
I totally agree with Ryoshin, companies are wasting our time, but then again, they are screwing us over with no benefits/expensive ones, no pensions, sh*t wages with no overtime, not to mention no expense account or 3 martini lunches.

F*ck The Man!
2006-08-23 04:37:44 PM  
As I sit typing this from work, waiting to fix something that breaks. HAHA.
2006-08-23 04:37:56 PM  
I bet studies like this have Drew cackling with glee.

Money in the bank.
2006-08-23 04:38:35 PM  
There aren't enough hours in the day to get my work done. You can all go to hell.

/public defender

Lawyers don't count in productivity surveys.
2006-08-23 04:41:37 PM  
I'd say in a given week I probably only do about fifteen minutes of real, actual, work.

\posted in my cube
\\couldn't resist
2006-08-23 04:43:56 PM  
bahr: There aren't enough hours in the day to get my work done. You can all go to hell.
/public defender

It's your own damn fault.

Stop making so many rules and laws if you don't like defending them.
2006-08-23 04:45:37 PM  
RyoShin: Of course, I'm probably an exception rather than a rule. Still, if people had more time to themselves, they'd be more apt to actually working at work.

There are a few US coporations testing this theory right now. Best Buy was one of the first by moving their executive level to this style of programs.

A good majority of programming houses are the same as well.
2006-08-23 04:48:40 PM  
If this money was recouped, I'm sure it would go directly into employees' wages and benefits, right? Right?

/don't think companies are "losing" anything
//just "reallocating" and "rearranging"
2006-08-23 04:51:38 PM  
For me, one thing is for sure. Since I discovered fark, i've spent increasingly more time Farking, than working.

/on the other hand, I'm spending less time surfing for porn, so I guess it evens out.
2006-08-23 04:58:25 PM  
I'm billing a dead woman's estate even as we speak!
2006-08-23 05:01:04 PM  
SharkInfested: aw, probate, you are a shark

/estate PLANNING: working on the good side of death
2006-08-23 05:01:12 PM  
... employees waste $544 billion by surfing the Net ...

All I know is that I'm doing my fair share. More than my fair share, in fact.
2006-08-23 05:06:54 PM  
I never knew how easy my life would be once I left college. People ask me what I do at work (software analyst) and really, I don't even know where to begin. Because 95% of my week is spent doing absofarkinglutely nothing. Until a problem arises, then I work for 1-3 hours to resolve it....before spending another 3-4 weeks doing nothing again.

My job is more like an insurance piece. I sit by idly until something goes wrong. But that happens few and far between...only when it does, a knowledgeable resource is needed immediately. I cant be all tied up in other shiat.
2006-08-23 05:15:07 PM  
For ONCE I'd like to see a survey that shows how much money that MEETINGS, filling in TIMESHEETS and doing assine PERFORMANCE reviews wastes.

In the brazilions, if you ask me.
2006-08-23 05:30:08 PM  
kitten_b - she did plan well, that's why she has more than enough to pay me. She couldn't take it with her, you know.

Anyway, two trips probate today alone, so I figure SOMEONE owes me
2006-08-23 05:31:03 PM  
same here. We paid our dues though.
2006-08-23 05:31:53 PM  
RYOSHIN speaketh the troof, you ignorant Fark trolls better listen up.
2006-08-23 05:39:44 PM  
Self-reporting studies are a joke. How the heck does anyone of us know how much time we waste on the job? Do any of you keep a chess tournament-style clock on your desk and hit it as you change from "time-wasting" to "productive" activity?

Second, most modern jobs are so boring that doing them 8 hours out of every 8 hours would cause 12.14% you die in your chair. This would result in $847 Billion in lost productivity as the remaining 87.86% of us had to carry your stinking corpses out of the workplace, go to your funeral, etc.

/Would rather watch Bullwinkle pull a rabbit out of his hat than a "statistition" pulling figures out of his ass.
2006-08-23 05:48:58 PM  
"Be Smarter at Work, Slack Off"


(slacking too much for html)

short version: employees who slack off a bit are more creative and productive.
2006-08-23 05:52:29 PM  
well, I'd love to chat but I have shopping to do.
2006-08-23 06:18:50 PM  
I hate you all.
2006-08-23 06:21:36 PM  

bahr: There aren't enough hours in the day to get my work done. You can all go to hell.
/public defender

It's your own damn fault.

Stop making so many rules and laws if you don't like defending them.


Wow, good one. For a moment there I didn't realize you were trolling. For a moment there, I thought you were simply the most ignorant person ever to post on Fark.

/lawyers do not make law; legislators and executive agencies do, and to a certain extent, judges do as well
//public defenders do not defend laws, they defend accused persons who are indigent. oh, and the word "indigent" means "poor." even the very poor have the right to effective assistance of counsel. it's in the constitution you retards are so fond of trashing
2006-08-23 06:24:34 PM  
And before anyone replies with the obvious "how is it you have time to post on fark then?" - law practice is a lot of hurry-up-and-wait. The case I was supposed to be in trial for today got continued, and now I have to arrange jail visits for defendants, and can't do that until I get a call back from central. So I get to websurf a bit and grab a snack, and for this indulgence I'll get to work until 8pm tonight.
2006-08-23 06:50:55 PM  
socializing with coworkers is uhm, actually important. when you are working with other people it really helps if you know a little about them, such as they have a daughter in 1st grade so they probably cannot 'fill in' for you on wednesday at 3pm.

or they have a pathological fear of snakes.

or they like one task better than another.

or they used to work at xyz store, which your company is about to make a huge deal with, and your coworker tells you that xyz actually is a front for the mafia.

etc etc etc .

cracking down on 'socializing' (getting to know your coworkers, building a team), 'spacing out' (its called pausing for thought. you should try it some time. unless you dont want a work force that can think for itself, in which case you might as well hire robots), and 'surfing the web' (researching software that you could use at the office, downloading manuals for equipment, reading industry discussion forums), are all important. you might as well ban all reading material from your office etc etc etc. this idea of 'waste' is completely stupid.

a real 'waste' would be if some idiot tried to 'crack down' on all these things - you would end up with an office where nobody talked to each other, or knew each others name, nobody ever stopped to think about something before they did it, and nobody ever tried to learn anything about what they were doing.

wow, sounds like a productive corporation. not.
2006-08-23 06:59:35 PM  
Well I'm supposed to be working right now. So there you go!
2006-08-23 07:15:01 PM  
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2006-08-23 08:42:56 PM  
Socializing is half of what business IS. Surfing the net, not so much...
2006-08-23 08:52:34 PM  
Two hours a day? Amateurs.

/doesn't even have internet @ work
2006-08-23 09:09:24 PM  
As a manager I find that people who are happy are more productive and efficient than those who are unhappy or bored. Therefore, I encourage a certain level of goofing off at work as long as the work is getting done right, and the work is getting done efficiently. If those two things are happening, then I'm a happy person. God knows I don't want to work in an office where everyone's nose is on the grindstone and they are grumpy. I have to be there 40 hours a week, and I certainly don't want to waste that much of my time in a bad environment.
2006-08-23 09:56:03 PM  
As a manager I find that I am too lazy to make sure that the work is getting done right and the work is getting done efficiently. It is much easier to judge people by how late they are in the office and by how busy they look. God knows I don't care whether they like their jobs or not. I only have to be there 40 hours a week, and I certainly don't want to waste that much of my time making an effort.
2006-08-23 10:31:41 PM  
SpillyFarker: Add in Kingdom of Loathing and I bet you can get that up to a trillion.

Are you the farker that keeps undercutting me on red pixel potions?
2006-08-24 12:00:48 AM  
I worked from home for 3 years, but now have a regular 8-5 job. When I worked from home, I would put in serious hours to get the job done, so I could enjoy not having to feel the pressure of work that needs to be done. The jobs would be done faster and I would have more normal awake time to do what I wanted or needed to do outside of work. Now, I just waste time at work, so whenever I feel like going to sleep there, I can get into something that will keep me awake for the hours I NEED to put in to earn my paycheck. It is a bullshiat circle of uselessness that makes me want to open a vein.

When I have a solid 8 hours of work to do, I love it because it makes the time go so fast. When I have enough to keep me occupied for 2 hours, I hate that I have to find something to do to look busy for the other 6. Yes, faking opening programs or searching through your hard drive when other co-workers are around (you've done it).

Let me leave work when the job is done and I promise when I come back tomorrow I won't resent all my wasted time here

/rant off
2006-08-24 12:30:06 AM  

Must be Islamist propaganda aimed at harming the image of the Oil companies which support moderate Arab governments against the Islamist Jihad.
2006-08-24 03:10:13 AM  
I just thought I'd post something on this thread since I'm at work and all.
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