Monday, September 17, 2012
Time at Work - Social Media no problem, but Meetings and People are.
Asked to identify the top "time-waster" - 14% indicated "water cooler conversation" or chatting with co-workers; 11% identified Meetings; 11% indicated buggy hardware/software; 9% said web-surfing; and 5% indicated social media.
Looking at meetings more closely, more than 1 in 5 said they spend at least three hours a week in meetings. Among those who attend meetings during a typical week, 37% felt that at least half of the time in meetings was wasted, and only 7% indicated that meetings were 100% productive.
Another set of questions dealt with the time spent on intra-office communications and relations. Fifteen percent of the sample indicated that they spend 1-2 hours in a typical week dealing with things related to misunderstandings or miscommunications with coworkers. Slightly more (17%) spend 1-2 hours a week dealing with office politics.
The result - for managers worried about staff "wasting time" with social media - there are likely much bigger problems you need to deal with first.
And on a personal note - the IT staffer comments on meetings and politics sound a lot like what happens in academia.
Source: IT Management Slideshow: Social Media at Work: Not Our Biggest Time-Waster, CIO Insight