When asked what they consider to be the primary productivity stoppers in the workplace, employers pointed to:
- Cell phone/texting: 50 percent
- Gossip: 42 percent
- The Internet: 39 percent
- Social media: 38 percent
- Snack breaks or smoke breaks: 27 percent
- Noisy co-workers: 24 percent
- Meetings: 23 percent
- E-mail: 23 percent
- Co-workers dropping by: 23 percent
- Co-workers putting calls on speaker phone: 10 percent
Employers also shared real-life examples of some of the more unusual things they caught employees doing when they should have been busy working:
Employee was blowing bubbles in sub-zero weather to see if the bubbles would freeze and break.
A married employee was looking at a dating web site and then denied it while it was still up on his computer screen.
- Employee was caring for her pet bird that she smuggled into work.
- Employee was shaving her legs in the women's restroom.
- Employee was lying under boxes to scare people.
- Employees were having a wrestling match.
- Employee was sleeping, but claimed he was praying.
- Employee was taking selfies in the bathroom.
- Employee was changing clothes in a cubicle.
- Employee was printing off a book from the Internet.
- Employee was warming her bare feet under the bathroom hand dryer.