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February 28, 2002

British workers were urged to do nothing last Friday to mark the country's second National Slacker Day. But a poll released the day before the non-event suggests that many think they do little enough already, according to Reuters.

National Slacker Day was launched by the clothing and record company Oncus to remind people that life does not revolve around the office and to persuade Britons to stay in bed and relax on Feb. 22.

Yet a survey by MyVoice, a polling company, suggested that every day in Britain is Slacker Day. Two-thirds of the respondents said they would get as much done and would be more effective if the country switched to a four-day working week. In addition:

  • Almost one-third said they surfed the net for an hour or more every day for non-work related reasons.
  • Three-quarters said they used office time for personal e-mail and correspondence.
  • 59 percent said they used work time to call family and friends.

Among reasons for loafing at work, 13 percent blamed boredom, one in 10 said they did not have enough work, and 3 percent said they hated their job.

Reuters, via Lycos

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