Sometimes you go online for a minute, and then everything is a blur. You read about the details of the celebrity's personal life or looked at the photo album of a classmate in the social network – and a few hours seem to have never happened. But it is good if it happens in a person's personal time, which they are free to spend at his discretion. And if the time is paid by the employer, meaning that the employee will conclude profitable deals for the salary, and not comment on some video on YouTube?
Time eaters surround us everywhere. But how do employers feel about their employees falling for such provocations, wasting precious working time on nonsense? While the losses can be truly impressive. According to various studies, at least 30% of working time is used unproductively. A real Bermuda Triangle, only it is not ships that disappear in it, but days, weeks and months paid by the employer.
Is it possible and worthwhile to restrict access to them in the office, and if so – how exactly to do it? We took a break from scrolling through news feeds and tried to find answers to these questions by asking for help from experts.
Where do time eaters hide?
According to research, usually working time is wasted because of:
- Social networks
- Reading news, blogs and other non-work related materials on the Internet
- Telephone conversations about personal issues
- Communication in instant messengers
- Conversations between employees that are not related to functional responsibilities
- Games on gadgets
- Numerous breaks for coffee, tea, and smoke breaks
Note that there are many more time eaters. Among them are the most insidious – ineffective meetings, procrastination, unclear goals and priorities, illiterate time planning, inability to refuse and delegate, chaos on the table and in the computer, ignorance of useful functions of office programs, etc.
How to deal with time eaters?
First of all, to solve this issue, try to install good software so that both you and your employees can track working time independently. For example, it can be Yaware.TimeTracker.
Thus, employees will be able to track their productivity and employment during the working day, so they will be motivated to perform work tasks.
Also, conduct a survey among employees and make a list of resources/applications that are important in the work, and the use of which will interfere with the effective work of employees. Also, agree on all possible options for offline activities (for example, an online meeting with a client or a lunch break) and upload all the collected information when setting up Yaware.TimeTracker.
Have productive work without time absorbers!