Bosses beware: employees could cost you £2,000 by time wasting on Snapchat and Whatsapp

 
Madeline Ratcliffe
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After six weeks, she'll be on her phone and out to lunch (Source: Getty)

It's every boss' worst fears come true: the average UK worker costs a company £2,149 a year through time-wasting.

Six weeks is how long it takes for new employees to stop trying to impress and let their behaviour slip, according to job site reed.co.uk.

Once they're settled into a new job workers spend an average of 33 minutes a day on non-work related tasks, from checking their personal email to whatsapping under the desk. It may not sound like much, but it adds up to £2,149 wasted, per worker, per year.

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The biggest time-waster for men is Snapchat, with nearly two-thirds, 63 per cent, saying they risk a sneaky selfie. Women are more cautious, only 37 per cent, use it at work.

Long lunches with friends are another popular time-wasting technique, with one in five workers saying they use lunch to catch up with people out of work.

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Accountants are some of the worst offenders, with 23 per cent saying they succumb to time wasting and personal tasks after 22 days in a new job. Engineers hold out for longer, 58 per cent claim to try and impress their boss for a year.

If you're overcome with remorse, the jobsite offers some handy advice:

  1. Arrive early in the mornings to get a head start
  2. Leave phone in bag/pocket
  3. Don’t open any personal emails or start searching the internet
  4. Go the extra mile and do additional work to get ahead
  5. Stay late to look eager

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