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12 Stats and Facts – Time Wasted @Work Adds Up

1.  Average hours American worker actually wastes – 2.09 hours per day

2.  Top 5 Time-Wasting Excuses (%)

  • Don’t have enough work to do 33.2%
  • Underpaid for amount of work 23.4%
  • Co-workers distract me 14.7%
  • Not enough after-work time 12.0%
  • Other 16.7%

3.  Average hours American workers are expected to waste by HR – .94 hours per day

4.  Difference between expected and actual time wasted – 1.15 hours per day, 299 hours per year

5.  Average American worker’s annual salary $19.13 per hour, $153.04 per day, $39,795 per year

6.  Total salary dollars wasted per employee – $5,720 per year

7.  Total number of American workers (non-farm) – 132 million per year

8.  Total salary cost to companies – $759 billion per year

9.  Year of Birth Time Wasted Per Day:

  • 1930-1949 0.50 hours
  • 1950-1959 0.68 hours
  • 1960-1969 1.19 hours
  • 1970-1979 1.61 hours
  • 1980-1985 1.95 hours

10.  Top 10 Time Wasting Industries (per day)

  • Insurance 2.5 hours
  • Public Sector (Non-Education) 2.4 hours
  • Research & Development 2.3 hours
  • Education 2.2 hours
  • Software and Internet 2.2 hours

11.  Top 5 Time Wasting States

State – Time Wasted (hours/day) – Salary Dollars Wasted (per year)

  • Missouri – 3.2 hours – $28.1 billion
  • Indiana – 2.8 hours – $25.1 billion
  • Kentucky – 2.8 hours – $15.4 billion
  • Wisconsin – 2.8 hours – $23.8 billion
  • Nevada – 2.7 hours – $9.8 billion

12.   There are 11 million formal meetings per day in the United States. That’s over 3 billion meetings per year. 71% of the attendees feel the meetings aren’t productive. Source: salary.com, aol.com, Davidson Staffing, SocialCast.com

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