Energy and utilities workers waste £20k on procrastinating each year

Posted: Thursday 25th April 2019

People who work in energy and utilities spend over three and a half hours of their day procrastinating - wasting £19,720 of their employers’ money every year, based on the average salary in the business.

The industry’s professionals are the worst culprits for taking extended breaks, averaging 16 minutes per employee every day.

It has also been revealed that workers spend an average of 17 minutes on toilet breaks, 14 minutes rearranging their desks and 12 minutes on personal calls every day.

It means the sector is one of the worst for wasting time at work in the UK, ranking behind only the environmental industry, performing arts, marketing and business management.

A study of employees in 28 different broad fields of work in the UK economy determined how long they each spend on 15 common work-delaying activities daily.

The information was then used to create the Procrastination Calculator, which measures how much of someone’s salary is effectively wasted on menial daily tasks throughout the year and a typical working lifetime.

It revealed that, while the UK’s 33 million workers on average waste almost three hours, costing the economy £1.3 billion a day, those working in energy and utilities are much more distracted.

The 215 minutes that they typically spend on things like cigarette breaks, online shopping and snacking would add up to enough time to complete 278 half-day courses a year, or to get a train between Edinburgh and London 201 times.

The average times that each employee spends every day on the most time-wasting activities in the sector are:

The Procrastination Calculator allows people to enter their own salary and how long they typically spend on each of the 15 procrastination activities, to find out how much of their boss’s money is spent on them each year. It also makes the time more real by showing the equivalent tasks that could be completed in that time. Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE




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