Socializing a Big Work Time-Waster

March 11, 2014 ( - Web surfing and socializing with coworkers are the top time thieves at work, according to a survey of chief financial officers from Robert Half Management Resources.

Nearly one-third (32%) of executives interviewed said non-business related Internet use, including social media, is the greatest time-waster. Chatting with coworkers ranked a not-too-distant second, garnering 27% of the response. Personal calls or emails ranked third on the list (20%).

Approximately one in 10 financial executives polled (11%) said meetings drain significant time. The data suggests this issue is most pronounced at larger firms (more than 1,000 employees), where meetings received 19% of the response.

Seven percent indicated work-related emails are the biggest work time-waster.