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10 Worst Time Wasters at Work

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Time flies when you’re wasting it
These days, no one can afford to waste time at work.

Thanks to widespread downsizing, workloads are piling up. Unfortunately, extra hours in the day are not.

Maximizing your time at work can mean the difference between leav...

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    over 4 years ago

    'martystahl' I agree, my director use to look like he worked in his office when he left for the day, about two years ago he got a new administrative assistant who has the cleanest desk it looks like a showroom model at all times. Now he expects everyone to keep their workplace looking like this. What an enormous waste of time. Needless to say (but I will anyway) she spends a great deal of time talking on her cell phone and office phone with friends and family members then laughing and distracting other workers with what so-and-so just posted on facebook.
    If I had little to nothing to do all day I too would have a picture perfect office straight out of Good Housekeeping.

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    jrs

    almost 5 years ago

    2 comments

    It looks like to me that if these are the biggest time wasters while at work that you can produce you missed the one that most employers now days says you can not have,i..e.. cell phones/i-pods.
    If your office looks like the one posted it could mean that your are real busy and some people work better with the pile than others, olther just do not like the way it looks.
    So in other words get rid of the computers and other personnal communication devices and all will be better.

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    CollegeGrad

    almost 5 years ago

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    This article is so true because I've actually worked with people who've done every single one of these time wasters. In the private sector, they get fired for not being productive on company's time. However in government, as Xanticore said below, the work gets taken over by someone else while the lazy person gets to have more free time. I once worked with a GS-11 who played 2 hours of games on the computer while eating breakfast and drinking coffee. I tracked her actions for a week and I was the only one who confronted her about this. No one else had the guts to confront her but I really don't like working with people who do this and get away with it. Of course she just smiled as if to tell me to "f-off". Management did nothing at first, but I heard later she was removed from the position after about a year! There are too many unemployed WELL QUALIFIED people out there who would love to have a steady job and be very productive doing it.

    The government really needs to clean house and swap out the lazy people with some honest hard workers.

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    martystahl

    almost 5 years ago

    4 comments

    I have worked in organizations and with bosses with policies the author would love. At one, where we held a clean-up before any dignitaries came by, I was asked by the coporate President about my pet peeves. I mentioned the clean-up drills. He sent a paperweight with the quote "A clean desk is the sign of a sick mind" as well as (in much smaller letters) Thanks! followed by his signature. The clean up drills stopped.

    I am not saying a messy desk is a good thing. I am only suggesting that spending time worrying about the habits of others is probably a close competitor with gossiping for real time wasters.

    As Tom Peters (In Search of Excellence) said "If your company has a clean-desk policy, the company is nuts and you're nuts to stay there."

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    tiffannie

    almost 5 years ago

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    Xanticore, I have always want to work for the government because I would be able to help as many people as I can. I have a BA in management and it seems I am over qualified for the positions I apply for. I would like to get into the government and help change things. I believe in staying busy and taking a break as needed but as long as you have work to do, you shouldn't be wasting time.

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    Xanticore

    almost 5 years ago

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    I also work for the government, but in a contractor role. I spent 10 years in the Army developing a very goal/mission oriented work ethic (although I feel I had one in the first place). After a few years at a government agency, it has become very disheartening to go to my office eveyday. I routinely see government employees making internet purchases, reading, "having meetings", or simply staring off into space - yes, just looking off into the otherworld. I'm frustrated, because I don't want to become another "government slug". But, after a while of pushing buttons and rocking the boat, I've come to understand that some people in government positions just don't care. They are comfortable in their well paying jobs and they don't want anything to change. It's easier to flounder around until a support contractor takes a task off their hands. No matter how much effort I put into my tasks, I can't be successful if the rest of my team has no desire to succeed. Another issue is that some government employees are simply poor employees, but they will never be removed, because there is no accountability. If someone fails to complete a task, someone else complains and a third party finishes the job. Meanwhile, the original party enjoys the extra time off from a very stressful day of internet surfing. I submit that the security enjoyed by many government employees has also made them lazy. So many of the time wasters noted in this article are considered standard operating procedure for government offices. If some of the employees I work with were in a private corporation, they would be terminated on the spot. That said, I am fortunate enough to work with a few of the truly ethical, motivated people in my agency and I appreciate their efforts. Unfortunately, they are in vain, because they must work against a culture of inefficiency, not simply their own offices or sections.

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    peacebe

    almost 5 years ago

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    Great article! Very good tips!

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    MsHazMat7812

    almost 5 years ago

    54 comments

    Thank goodness for honest people and you are one of them :) I have to admit it can be frustrating because it makes you feel as though your loyalty and determination on the job are not given the respect when others are goofing off at the expense of taxpayers. I believe this is why so many of those who do not work within the realm of government are so quick to judge and make snide comments in general of those who do.

    Thank you for your kind words and hopefully we will see a change in the economy before too long!

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    DuckPerry

    almost 5 years ago

    2 comments

    I'm currently wasting much time reading these blogs and looking at this ariticle!!

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    txharleyman

    almost 5 years ago

    4 comments

    Hi MsHazMat7812: Not bitter, just honest.

    I'm in the private sector, work as a lobbyist and political consultant, and as a result have worked with government employees at all levels for 30+ years. Unfortunately, my experiences working with government employees has repeatedly left me underwhelmed with the work ethic that is prevalent in most (not all) government employees.

    I'm happy that you and your fiance are in the 5% that actually earn their pay (and them some). Over the years, I have met and worked with some extremely bright, highly dedicated, diligent, hard-working government employees who would be an asset to any company or enterprise of which they were a part. Unfortunately, these folks are few and far between in the government work force.

    Keep up your good work, and good luck in your job search.

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    MsHazMat7812

    almost 5 years ago

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    txharleyman, I would love to know what you do/ have done for a living since your comment is rather bitter sounding. True, there are some government employees who don't work as hard as the tax payers would like. However, there are some (for example, my fiance who works with the county emergency management) who work beyond the 9-5 grind.

    It is my hope that if I land a government job, I will have the kind of respect that will be earned by my hard work and efforts rather than be stereotyped as a lazy schmuck.

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    txharleyman

    almost 5 years ago

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    If these "time wasters" are eliminated (which they should be) there would be little need for government workers. Most government employees spend about 95% of their work time on just these itemized tasks. No real, productive work: just killing time in pursuit of time wasters. And we, the poor taxpayer, must simply watch this waste continue..

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