Whether you are a basketball fan or not, this time of year means one thing: NCAA Tournament watching and betting in the workplace. It is certainly fun to get involved in all the hoop-la (pun intended). The only problem is that it is a drain on workplace productivity that many managers complain about.
With that in mind, Steve Boese and I decided to post the “Top 10” list of things at work that are MORE productivity draining than the tournament. For numbers 10 through 6, jump over to Steve’s blog today. I’m tackling numbers 5 through 1. Here goes:
#5 Meetings, meetings, and more meetings… And, meetings to plan other meetings.
#4 “Hold on, let me write you some talking points. No, wait. Here are some talking points for the talking points.”
#3 Entering data in duplicate systems that do not “talk”.
#2 Look! Look! I just won $1,000 playing poker online.
And the number one productivity drain is….
#1 FIRE DRILL!
What time wasters do you see in your workplace that take up more time and productivity than a few days focusing on the NCAA tournament? Let us know in the comments.
Meetings are clearly the most aggregious and pervasive time-wasters – but I would reserve a special place – an 8th circle of hell, if you will – for Monday morning staff meetings.
Fun stuff – Meetings to plan for meetings was my favorite. Thanks for helping with the joint post!