This is because as technology and innovation improves, some employees take advantage of the additional time saved to slow down. In the world of work, some recent studies have had some surprising findings regarding ‘idle time’.
For example, a University of Melbourne study found that blocking employees’ social media access to encourage harder and more productive work actually had the reverse effect. Indeed, in a surprising revelation, it was found that employees with access to social networks were actually more productive than employees in companies that blocked access.
This is because those staff who can reward themselves between the completion of one task and the start of another with a visit to Facebook, for example, actually become more invigorated as a result and get more done.
Other studies however, have found the mixing of personal and professional tasks at work does hurt productivity: with many employees spending much of their work-time doing non-work related activities simply because they don’t have enough work to do. Identifying and dealing with idle employees is one of the most important areas for any leader.
4 Types of Idle Employees include:
We have all worked with them. They are the employees who always put off doing things, delay their work, and find ways to get out of jobs. Unfortunately, this merely puts more pressure on the rest of the team and as a responsible leader it is your job to deal with them. The answer is to be very firm, set deadlines and stick to them
These are the workers who have regular sick days or are unavailable for important meetings. Consequently, they are always letting down the rest of the team, and it is often questionable whether their absences are genuine. The answer here is to be totally firm with them, explain the problems they are causing and, again, set strict deadlines.
Such workers have an excuse in every situation for not doing their work. They are often late, with plenty of reasons for their laziness and not being able to make meetings. These could include the traffic, weather, public transport or family problems
Office wanderers like nothing better than doing very little work, and spending most of their time drifting from desk to desk to chat to other staff. They have literally mastered the art of taking office breaks and continually distracting others, either in person or online. The best answer here is to quietly monitor their behaviour – and point it out to them whenever possible.