- Social Media
We have different social platforms like Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, Instagram, etc. Social Media has become a part of our life. If you just quickly check at social media at work time, it’s not a problem, but when you frequently look at your social media and check the notification, that kills both time and efficiency.
Email is one way to communicate and this practice is one of the oldest means of communication. However, have you thought about how much productive time you are wasting each day just by reading and answering emails? Also, you need to clean your emails always too.
- SmartPhone/Personal Work
Checking your phone notifications, texting, playing online games and chatting with workmates are also ways to waste time and productivity in the office. This must be done during your break time and not during working hours. You will not accomplish everything if you keep doing this habit.
- Unnecessary Meetings
The Meeting is a cost of time and productivity. Choose important meetings to set and schedule. Prepare early before attending the meeting so as to not waste time with the agenda and topic. Check all tools and avoid technical issues along the way or else factors might cost more of your time especially if the meeting is as not as crucial as it can be.
Researchers have found that 86% of employees gossip during the workday.
Gossip damages productivity, and trust, and divides employees by destroying morale.
Gossip can hurt good workers’ reputations, damage work growth and promotion opportunities, and ultimately force the worker to seek employment where he/she is valued.
Multitasking has been part of this industry and at times it makes you smart & productive. But have you ever thought of it that this was wrong all along? Because of multitasking, you are not able to finish your priority task on time.
Researchers studied that people can only do one task at a time. If you continuously switch your work then it is a waste of time.
- Noisy Environment
The noisy office environment or unnecessary noise can distract you from your work which wastes your time. It can easily distract you and keep you away from concentrating your work. This can cause discomfort or irritation too especially if your co-workers are very loud.
How can your team stop wasting time in the workplace?
Set a schedule.
Use time tracking device or app
Keep your email inbox closed and choose a time to check it all at once.
Turn off/mute your mobile phone.
Avoid Multi-tasking because not everyone is good at it.
Schedule Break time and make sure not to go beyond.
Limit the use of social media platforms.
Noise-free Office or environment