Workplace procrastination costs UK businesses £76bn a year


We’re all just so easily distrac

What a lazy, useless, unproductive bunch of social parasites we are. We ought to be ashamed of ourselves.

Over the course of an average working week, we spend 43 minutes procrastinating at work each day, according to a survey of 2,000 Brits by YouGov, commissioned by peer-to-peer lender RateSetter.

That’s over three-and-a-half hours in the week – meaning Britain’s workers effectively aren’t even starting their working week until 12.35pm on a Monday, the useless swines.

In addition, our pathetic attention spans and idle minds mean we’re doing bad things to the British economy.

Don’t get too hung up on this (as you may get distracted from your job), but procrastinating at work is apparently costing the UK an incredible £76bn a year.

That’s double the size of the defence budget. Hmm, food for thought, isn’t it. But there’s no time for thought. Back to the coal face, you slacker.

Though if you have another couple of minutes (you don’t), then check out this super information graphic from the layabouts at RateSetter. Who knows how many people and how long it took them to make this.


Back to work.


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