Impact of Idle time on work

Employees with idle time are not good for organization. According to new business study of Harvard Business School idle time can cost employers an estimated $100 billion in wages per year. Organizations are often concerned that their employees are too occupied to complete tasks in a very short span of time. Usually, it’s just the opposite; employees try and keep themselves busy just for the sake of appearance. Term idle time refers to the unproductive hours spent in office, for which employees are paid. Idle time can be accounted for time spent in discussions, group chats, system failures, inefficient working etc.

Impact of Idle time on work : As per one of the surveys conducted by Harvard Business Review, amongst 1003 employees from different industry segment almost 50% of employees experienced idle time on day to day basis. Employees were questioned “On an average, how frequently do you experience periods of at least 15 minutes of idle time at your job?” (Blair Storie-Johnson)

When these hours were calculated into wages, the researchers conventionally estimated that such idle time costs businesses $100 billion a year.

This proves that when employees pretend to keep themselves busy at work, they are not only wasting their time but also wasting company’s money. Calculating idle time and working out on it, can save companies a lot of money.

Recommendation: Implementing Productivity monitoring Tools like ProHance

Source: https://hbswk.hbs.edu/item/american-idle-employees-are-wasting-way-too-much-time

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