And the World Cup for Time Wasting at Work Goes To…

FIFA 2014 World Cup

If you thought playing live sport on TV screens in your business centre was a nice little perk, your clients may not be so convinced.

New research courtesy of WatchShop reveals some quite surprising stats related to the sheer amount of time that was lost this summer due to the football World Cup.

In a UK survey of 1015 part-time and full-time office workers, 17% of respondents admitted to spending between 30-60 minutes every day, at work, watching or catching-up on the World Cup.

A collective 8% spent between 60-120 minutes watching at work, while a cheeky 1% spent over 120 minutes watching or catching-up on the sport in the office.

Granted, many games were played on UK screens late in the evening or at night, which suggests that some workers may have stayed behind to watch fixtures with colleagues. But the stats also include ‘catching up’ in addition to watching live games – which suggests companies up and down the country experienced a significant amount of lost productivity this summer.

Wasted time

In other time-wasting tactics, WatchStop’s research goes on to highlight some quite shocking staff trends:

  • 6% of UK workers spend as much as 6 working days a year taking private phone calls whilst at work;
  • 9.7% of UK workers spend 2 working days a year on cigarette breaks;
  • Over 11% of UK workers admit to spending at least 1 hour a week online shopping at work, equating to nearly 2 full working days a year.

However, wasted time isn’t always laid at the feet of staff members.

The survey found that poor technology or faulty work equipment can cost companies up to 2 days per year, per employee, in lost output. One in 5 respondents say they spend at least an hour a week dealing with such tasks.

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This is certainly a trend worth noting. After all, employers may happily allow hardworking staff to ease springs a little during momentous occasions such as the World Cup. They may also turn a blind eye to the odd private call or cigarette break. But no successful business will make do with poor technology in a business centre – particularly given the enormous choice that’s now available.

This highlights the vital importance of partnering with a technology supplier that not only fulfils the needs of every client in the building, but can also react to any problems with the minimum of downtime. Happily, there is no shortage of first-rate suppliers to the business centre industry – giving workspaces ample choice as well as a competitive advantage.

Today’s firms are tech-driven and competitive with an arsenal of gadgets and gizmos to make their workplace as well-oiled and productive as possible. Word travels fast these days, and business centres are coming under increased scrutiny. The question is, what good is a plasma screen with the best live sport if your business tech and comms can’t stay on top of the game?

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