What You're Doing at Work When You're Not Actually Working

A lot of the time you spend during your eight-hour workday is not actually spent working. We all easily get distracted and let our minds wander to things that aren't work-related. A recent online survey of more than 1,000 people revealed how we actually spend our time at work. This information should be taken with a grain of salt, however, considering how much time people put into work while at home and on weekends, especially now that everyone is equipped with a smartphone.

According to the Salary.com survey, 34 percent admitted to wasting 30 minutes a day, while 24 percent said they wasted an hour each day, and 11 percent admitted to being unproductive for several hours each day. Ten percent said they didn't waste any time at all.

Much of this wasted time is spent browsing website for personal reasons, including news websites (37 percent), social media (14 percent), online shopping (12 percent), entertainment (8 percent) and sports websites (3 percent). Facebook is the most visited site during the workday, with 15 percent admitting to frequenting the social network. Yahoo and LinkedIn round out the top three visited websites.

Meanwhile, nearly half (43 percent) said they waste time at work just by conversing with coworkers. Nearly a third (28 percent) said they surf the web, while others cited texting, social media and personal calls (4 percent each) as other time-wasters.

The survey also found that people tend to waste more time during certain days of the week and specific times of the day. Forty-three percent said they waste more time on Fridays, while 27 percent said they were least productive between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

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