How To Tell If You Are A World-Class Slacker At Work

If you are reading this at work, then well done because you are a slacker and successfully wasting time when you should be working.

But with all performance tracking, even slackers need a benchmark to give them an idea of just how much time they need to waste to stay on target in their role.

The golden number is 50 minutes a day on top of breaks granted by the boss.

Economists Michael Burda, Kaie Genadek, and Daniel Hamermersh came up with the figure from analysis of the American Time Use Survey.

According to the research, the time is evenly split between eating and the rest on a range of activities, from catching upon Facebook to chatting over coffee.

World-class slackers also keep track of work they accidentally do in their own time and claw back the minutes from paid time.

Time to grab some sleep

Strangely, the research also found that the harder people work, the more likely they are to slack off until they reach a working week of around 42 hours.

After that, slacking tapers off and those that are in the workplace the longest really do the most work.

Not all slacking off is bad for output.

Another study found taking breaks is good for creativity and concentration.

The Japanese and many workers in warmer countries treat themselves to afternoon siestas.

In Japan, working more than 4.5 hours at a time is considered bad for employees and leads to a drop in productivity.

The benchmark here is 17 minutes in every hour of me-time.

Slacking varies throughout the week

For expats working an eight-hour day, with 45 minutes for lunch, that’s another 136 minutes of getting paid for doing nothing – or three hours out of each working day.

According to Google executives, workers need to pace their slacking. Jeremiah Dillon says statistics show the working week is structured differently each day and that the best days for slackers are Monday and Friday, while Tuesday and Thursday are the most productive.

Dillon has even produced a short video explaining his theory – and the best slackers watch what he has to say at the start or the end of the week.

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