Feeds

We are all time wasters now

Time Bandits

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction

One in three small business owners and managers are setting a bad example to their workforce by wasting time on the internet and sending humorous emails rather than working.

The new survey, by Bibby Financial Services, reveals that 34 per cent of company bosses admitted to browsing various websites for their own entertainment and sending jokes and social messages by email during work hours.

Owners and managers in the Greater London area were the biggest time wasters, with 53 per cent owning up to surfing the Internet for pleasure rather than getting on with their job. East Midlands bosses are the best behaved in the UK, with just 11 per cent owning up to Net time-wasting.

Bibby's survey comes in the wake of recent efforts by many firms to clampdown on excessive Internet use.
An estimated 231 million working hours a week are lost lost due to workers surfing the web or sending emails to friends.

A recent government report states that this lost time costs the British economy a massive £158 billion a year, with the average worker wasting two hours 45 minutes a day.

Bibby’s research also found that 30 per cent of business bosses admit to switching off their mobile phone to avoid taking an incoming call, with those working in agriculture the biggest offenders – nearly half of farmers and their workers reach for the off switch when faced with a tricky call.

Technology has also become a convenient scapegoat for many managers, with 13 per cent of those quizzed admitting to shifting the blame for poor performance onto ‘missed’ emails or mobiles that suddenly lose reception.

According to David Robertson, chief executive of Bibby, these findings beg the question of whether technology is, on the whole, a help or a hindrance to the UK business sector.

“Many firms are losing precious working hours as a result of email abuse and it would appear that business owners and managers, like their employees are not immune to the lure of the worldwide web.

“That said, information technology has revolutionised the way in which firms do business and owners and managers, if they are to meet the demands of their customers and suppliers and keep pace with the competition, need to fully embrace the opportunities that the information superhighway brings them,” he said.

Copyright © 2003,

3 Big data security analytics techniques

More from The Register

next story
Dropbox defends fantastically badly timed Condoleezza Rice appointment
'Nothing is going to change with Dr. Rice's appointment,' file sharer promises
Audio fans, prepare yourself for the Second Coming ... of Blu-ray
High Fidelity Pure Audio – is this what your ears have been waiting for?
Did a date calculation bug just cost hard-up Co-op Bank £110m?
And just when Brit banking org needs £400m to stay afloat
MtGox chief Karpelès refuses to come to US for g-men's grilling
Bitcoin baron says he needs another lawyer for FinCEN chat
Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace
Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon flying broadband-bot
Apple DOMINATES the Valley, rakes in more profit than Google, HP, Intel, Cisco COMBINED
Cook & Co. also pay more taxes than those four worthies PLUS eBay and Oracle
It may be ILLEGAL to run Heartbleed health checks – IT lawyer
Do the right thing, earn up to 10 years in clink
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
SANS - Survey on application security programs
In this whitepaper learn about the state of application security programs and practices of 488 surveyed respondents, and discover how mature and effective these programs are.