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In an Eight-Hour Workday, We Are Productive for 4 Hours and 12 Minutes

There's been a lot of talk over the past year and a half about productivity at work . . . and whether people are more or less effective working from home, compared to being at the office.

But according to a new survey, most workers aren't productive for a FULL eight hours, regardless of where they are.

During an eight-hour workday, the average worker only spends FOUR HOURS and 12 MINUTES actively working.

Stressed woman sitting at desk in office surrounded by paperwork

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The survey asked people to list the things they're doing when they're not zeroed in on work, and the top five distractions are: Surfing the Internet . . . social media . . . texting . . . bathroom breaks . . . and socializing with coworkers.

Other responses include: Snack breaks . . . coffee breaks . . . "reading and drawing" . . . watching TV . . . phone calls . . . and childcare.

When asked WHY they're not busier at work, common responses were: There are lulls in tasks . . . waiting on coworkers to finish . . . they're not motivated . . . they're distracted by personal situations . . . and the "environment is not ideal." 


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