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Non-Work Related Chats, Internet Most Common Distractions at Work

Siri Stafford/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- If you spend part of your work day chatting with fellow employees about non-work related matters or searching for stuff on the Internet, you’re not alone. 

A new survey on the average American work day by finds those two activities to be the most common office distractions:

  • Chatting with co-workers about non-work related stuff: 34 percent
  • Internet searches: 22 percent
  • Loud co-workers: 18 percent
  • Personal calls or emails: 17 percent
  • Office drama: 15 percent
  • Daydreaming: 11 percent
  • Gossip: 7 percent
  • Watching TV in the break room: 2 percent
  • Not understanding how to do the work: 4 percent

Not surprising, the survey finds 41 percent of respondents admitting that they spend just six hours of an eight-hour day actually working.  Employees were asked how much time they spend actually working on a daily basis:

  • Eight hours: 38 percent
  • Seven hours: 21 percent
  • Six hours: 18 percent
  • Five hours: 11 percent
  • Four hours or less: 12 percent

The study of more than 3,900 U.S. workers was conducted online by Harris Interactive from Nov. 1 to Nov. 30, 2012.

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