HR Strange But True!
July 15, 2005

The average worker admits to wasting more than 2 hours a day, according to survey results recently issued by America Online and And in Missouri, workers acknowledge wasting an average of 3 hours and 12 minutes a day, which makes them tops in the nation.

About 10,000 workers participated in the joint poll. AOL and broke down the results into a number of categories, including gender (men and women waste time pretty much equally), age (the older you become, the less likely you are to goof off), industry (insurance workers are the top time wasters), and geography, with the following getting honors as the top 5 states for slacking:

1. Missouri (3.2 hours per day)
2. Indiana (2.8)
3. Kentucky (2.8)
4. Wisconsin (2.8)
5. Nevada (2.7)

Missouri officials are not taking the results lying down, however. Gov. Matt Blunt felt compelled to issue a statement: "Nobody can match the work ethic of Missourians. This survey, which our busiest citizens did not want to waste their time on, cannot undermine decades of experience. Missouri workers are among the most productive in the world."

The Missouri Department of Economic Development said a study it published last year on the industries driving the state economy found Missouri employees hard at work. "It appears to me the Missouri worker is equal to, or slightly higher, in productivity than other workers across the nation in most of the industries [the Missouri study] looked at," department spokeswoman Kristi Jamison was quoted as saying by the Associated Press.

Nationally, more than 44 percent of the poll participants said their No. 1 method for wasting time at work is to engage is personal Internet use, like reading e-mail, sending instant messages, playing interactive games - and responding to online polls.

Sources: and the Associated Press

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