Surfing the Web
Studies on wasting time at the office suggest that just about everybody has indeed gone surfin'. In a 2005 survey on productivity from America Online and Salary.com, non-work Internet use came in as the No. 1 time-waster. Respondents said they spent more than two hours a day surfing the Web during worktime.
Driscoll said Web browsing consistently tops his own company's studies on workplace distractions. He recommended that workers close their browsers while they work to minimize the temptation of wandering off into the "big world" of the Web.
A number of companies monitor which sites employees visit. Driscoll said certain sites - gambling sites or pornographic sites, for instance - "aren't appropriate in the workplace whatsoever."