Researchers suggest that in an eight-hour day, the average worker is only productive for two hours and 53 minutes.
You thought you were lazy? Congratulations and good news: the rest of humanity is probably far worse than you.
Do you excel at procrastinating? Does your boss have unrealistic expectations when it comes to chronicling linear time, like you are some kind of stick person who just bursts forth genius output every moment of your innovative life so society can glean a net profit out of your consciousness? No. The net profit of your consciousness is your consciousness, bro.
And if you ever thought you were lazy? If you ever thought you were alone in your wasting of luxurious time?
My friends, meet your fellow humans.
According to recent research by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average office worker clocks in 8.8 hours of work a day. However, a recently released 2018 study of 2,000 full-time office workers revealed that most of us are not actually working the majority of that time. In fact, apparently we work for less than three hours: two hours and 53 minutes on average, to be exact.
A separate 2017 study by Workfront concluded that 39 percent of the workday is spent on actual work.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics study, the most common unproductive workday activities included:
- Browsing news websites: 1 hr. 5 min.
- Checking social media: 44 min.
- Discussing non-work activities with coworkers: 40 min.
- Searching for new jobs: 26 min.
- Smoking breaks: 23 min.
- Making phone calls to spouse or friends: 18 min.
- Making coffee or hot drinks: 17 min.
- Text-messaging: 14 min.
- Eating snacks: 8 min.
- Making food at the office: 7 min.
This just in: procrastination is an art form.
The results of the study ignite an ongoing debate about the appropriate duration of a workday, as well as industry conflicts regarding the role of productivity vs. efficiency in the workplace.
More statistics on workplace productivity:
- "Inspired" employees who feel a personal investment in the mission of their workplace may be up to 125 percent more productive than "satisfied" employees, and produce up to 2.25 times more output, according to the results of a study by the Harvard Business Review. (Harvard Business Review, 2017.)
- According to a research study on optimal workplace environments by Canada Life Insurance Group, 77 percent of workers feel that flexible working aids their productivity. (Canada Life Insurance Group.)
- One Stanford study found that remote workers studied were 14 percent more productive on average than their commuting compatriots. (Stanford University, 2015.)
- Office workers spend an average of 31 hours per month in meetings, according to a study by Atlassian. (Atlassian.)
- Over the course of 17 weeks, fantasy football allegedly costs workers and companies over $14 billion in lost productivity. (Who was so mad that they did that study?) (Ipsos/Challenger, Gray, & Christmas, Inc.)
- The average American spends the duration of two full workdays on Facebook each month, according to an assessment by Comscore. (Comscore, 2016.)
Is it just me, or does this average worker sound pretty productive?
How much time do you waste on social media at work per day? Let us know how you measure up.