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How Many Hours in an 8-Hour Work Day Are Your Employees Actually Working???


by Glenn Shepard
March 28, 2017
Category: Management




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The numbers are staggering.

In’s 2014 “Wasting Time at Work” survey, they found:

31% waste about 30 minutes per day
31% waste about 1 hour per day
16% waste about 2 hours per day
6% waste about 3 hours per day
2% waste about 4 hours per day
2% waste 5 or more hours per day

When asked what the biggest time wasters were, these were the top culprits:

24% Google
23% Facebook
14% LinkedIn

While that survey is now a few years old, the problem persists.

In 2016, CareerBuilder found that the #1 distraction reported by employers was smartphones. Nearly 20% of the managers surveyed said they believe their employees put in less than 5 hours of actual work in an 8-hour workday.

While lost productivity is expensive, this "cyber loafing" can create a MUCH bigger problem when your employees are visiting adult websites.

Courts have consistently supported workers’ rights to sue employers if exposed to p*rn, as a form of a hostile work environment.

The CareerBuilder survey found that 4% of respondents admitted to visiting these websites while on the clock.

A secretary at a California company sued her employer for $3.5 million for a hostile work environment after supervisors repeatedly downloaded p*rn. The company offered $850,000 to settle, but she declined.

Microsoft is currently being sued by employees who claimed PTSD after seeing images of murder and p*rn at work. Screening people’s communications for evidence of crimes was part of their job, and they’re claiming severe psychological injuries from it. The suit also alleges that Microsoft refused to provide therapists, and that their supervisor told them to “Just take more smoke breaks”.

While the best solution used to be removing Internet connections from all computers that don't need them, most people now use the Internet in their work.

This leaves monitoring as the next best option.

A recent survey by the American Management Association found that 78% of major U.S. companies now monitor employees’ email, phone, or Internet usage.

No matter how much you may hate the idea of feeling like Big Brother who’s “spying” on your employees, you’ll hate it a lot less than being deposed in a hostile work environment lawsuit and being asked why you didn’t do something to prevent this problem from happening in the first place.

To Your Success,


Glenn Shepard

P.S. You can find plenty of programs that do this by Googling “Employee Monitoring Software”. Be SURE to consult a good labor law attorney first, to make sure you comply with both federal and state laws (i.e. Like notifying your employees in advance that they will be monitored)

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