Magazine article USA TODAY

Productivity Killers in All Shapes and Sizes

Magazine article USA TODAY

Productivity Killers in All Shapes and Sizes

Article excerpt

From hiding in the bathroom to testing the powers of hypnosis, some workers will do just about anything to avoid performing actual work while on the clock. In a survey from CareerBuilder, Chicago, III., employers discuss the most common productivity killers in the workplace, as well as some of the most bizarre things they caught employees doing while clocked in.

When asked to name the biggest productivity killers, employers cited cell phones and texting (52%), Internet (44%), gossip (37%), social media (36%), e-mail (31%), coworkers dropping by (28%), meetings (27%), smoke and snack breaks (26%), noisy coworkers (17%), and sitting in a cubicle (10%).

Employers also were asked to reveal the most unusual or memorable things they have found employees doing when they should have been working. Answers included an employee who was: taking a sponge bath in the bathroom sink; trying to hypnotize other employees to stop their smoking habits; visiting a tanning bed in lieu of making deliveries; looking for a mail order bride; playing a video game on a cell phone while sitting in a bathroom stall; drinking vodka while watching Netflix; sabotaging another employee's car tires; sleeping on the CEO's couch; writing negative posts about the company on social media; sending inappropriate pictures to other employees; searching Google images for "cute kittens"; making a model plane; flying drones around the office; and printing pictures of animals, naming them after employees and hanging them in the work area. …

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