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Ten things UK office employees do to waste 12.5 working hours each week

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Theres an ongoing debate in the UK surrounding the nations productivity problem, and moneysaving website VoucherCodesPro.co.uks findings have done nothing to suggest were any closer to ending the issue.

The company surveyed full-time office workers all of whom work approximately seven and a half hour days across the country to discover that the average employee spends just five hours a day on official work duties.

Indeed, theyre providing themselves with two and a half hours of downtime on everything from browsing Facebook, online shopping and watching pornography  not bad work if you can get it.

The fact that such a large amount of time is being wasted by employees each day is a serious matter, and something that I think many business owners and managers would be appalled at,” said George Charles, spokesperson for VoucherCodesPro.co.uk.

Of course there are moments throughout the day when an office worker will need a little break to either chat to a colleague or update their Facebook or Twitter account, but surely not more than 12 hours a week

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With lunchtime taken into consideration, two-thirds of respondents admitted they skipped official breaks at least twice a week to make up for procrastinating.

These are the top ten things workers to do avoid working:

(1) Checking social media 89 per cent

(2) Internet shopping/paying bills 84 per cent

(3) Watching YouTube/online videos 78 per cent

(4) Talking to colleagues 71 per cent

(5) Browsing forums/message boards (e.g. Reddit) 65 per cent

(6) Playing online games 61 per cent

(7) On my mobile phone 58 per cent

(8) Daydreaming 54 per cent

(9) Doodling 49 per cent

(10) Looking at adult websites 39 per cent

Theres a serious disregard for any repercussions as 58 per cent of workers admitted theyre not worried about being caught, 22 per cent said they were careful not to be caught in the act and 20 per cent revealed their bosses dont mind as long as work is done.

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