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Taking care of minutiae can eat into employees’ work day

<p>Do you sneak a call to your doctor’s office or tax accountant during your working hours?<br /></p>




Do you sneak a call to your doctor’s office or tax accountant during your working hours?


You’ve got a lot of company, according to a survey from OfficeTeam, a staffing service firm. Employees estimate they average 36 minutes per day, or three hours a week, attending to personal business, its poll found. Bosses estimate staffers spend 43 minutes a day on these activities.


Men admitted to averaging 44 minutes a day on non-work errands — 15 minutes more than the women surveyed in the poll of 559 office workers and 150 executives.


And younger workers spend more time on personal tasks. Employees ages 18 to 34 estimated spending 45 minutes a day on personal duties, whereas those ages 35 to 64 acknowledged 32 minutes a day.


Workers 65 and older said personal business reduced their workday by only 17 minutes.


“There are only so many hours in the day to meet job requirements and personal obligations, and employers are aware that not all of the work is spent on business,” said Diane Domeyer of OfficeTeam.


“The best employers take steps to accommodate the need by staff for work-life balance.”


 
 
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