Making personal calls
Employees who seem bent on broadcasting their personal affairs to the rest of the office via loud and lengthy phone calls are nothing new. And Driscoll said the prevalence of cellphones means making those calls is easier than ever.
He also said employees use work time to dial friends and family in part because they can't find time to do elsewhere. "Everybody seems to be working harder and longer," he said, meaning employees feel like they can't fit everything in without making a few personal calls at company expense.
While a quick personal call here and there might help employees cope with everything, though, chatting it up all day is a no-no. "If you're sitting on the phone, talking to a significant other for hours or what have you, hurting productivity, that's going to be a problem," Driscoll said.