Most Workers Are Only Productive for 4 Hours 12 Minutes During an 8 Hour Workday

There’s been a lot of talk over the past year and a half about productivity at work and whether people are more or less effective working from home, compared to being at the office.

According to a new survey, most workers aren’t productive for a FULL eight hours, regardless of where they are.

During an eight-hour workday, the average worker only spends 4 HOURS and 12 MINUTES actively working.

The survey asked people to list the things they’re doing when they’re not zeroed in on work, and the top five distractions are:

  1. Surfing the Internet
  2. Social media
  3. Texting
  4. Bathroom breaks
  5. Socializing with coworkers

Other responses include:

  • Snack breaks
  • Coffee breaks
  • “Reading & drawing”
  • Watching TV/Videos
  • Phone calls
  • Childcare

When asked WHY they’re not busier at work, common responses were:

  • There are lulls in tasks
  • Waiting on coworkers to finish
  • They’re not motivated
  • They’re distracted by personal situations
  • The “environment is not ideal”



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