Wasted Productivity: The Myth of the 8 Hour Workday [Infographic]

Did you ever check your Facebook news feed and notice that, according to the time stamps, a surprising number of your friends are posting during the workday? That’s just one example of employees using their companies’ time for something other than work. The 8-hour workday originated during the industrial age. Today, however, employees are spending fewer and fewer hours of the business day actually engaging in traditional work. Does this amount to wasted productivity?

Wasted Productivity or Maximum Efficiency?

In its place are activities like shopping, social networking, personal emails, and games. But is the workforce wasting valuable company time, or are they simply more productive with various new technologies available. Is a full 8 hours of work unnecessary? Or, are employees simply unproductive at work because they lack the tools needed to efficiently get the job done? Or maybe they’re working longer hours at night, using daytime hours to take a much-needed break? Regardless of the reason why, the trend is clear. Employees are wasting more time at work than ever before.

This infographic from SocialCast delves into the myth of the 8-hour workday. How much time are employees actually wasting throughout the day? What are they wasting it on? What really reduces productivity? The answers to these questions turn a much needed spotlight on an archaic workday. As more and more companies embrace non-traditional methods and flexible scheduling, the 8-hour workday may fade into obscurity. And maybe that’s where it belongs.

Now if we could only convince them to stop making us get up in the morning.


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