Aussie Bludgers Costing Economy $87b

November 12, 2012, 9:30 am Kochie's Business Builders Yahoo!7

New research shows a whopping $87 billion wage bill for bludging...

Aussie Bludgers Costing Economy $87b

New research out today shows that Australians are getting more productive in the workplace but still wasting time to the tune of $87 billion every year.

Ernst & Young’s Australian Productivity Report has found that time wasted at work has fallen by 4% over the past 12 months, but unnecessary meetings, unimportant emails and the use of social media are still clocking up a booming wage bill.

And who’s sucking the most money out of businesses? The iconic Aussie bludger.

The report found that the bludgers among us, who account for about 5% of the workforce, are responsible for a whopping 20% of all wasted time.

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Looking at the bill, that’s over $17 billion of the $87 billion wasted every year.

But that’s not a reflection on the rest of us, with the E&Y report finding that 4 out of 5 workers take productivity ‘very seriously’ and make a concerted effort to work ‘smarter’ to make the most of the day.

The survey, based on the word of more than 2100 employees across seven industries and all sectors, also provides some telling statistics on each state.

Interestingly, Tasmania has come in as the most productive state, with healthcare and social workers the most astute employees.

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NSW has been found to be the bludge-iest of the bunch as the least productive, while finance and insurance workers are the least time-efficient employees.

West Australians had the most time to procrastinate, clocking up the longest hours in the country, while South Australians were the most likely to leave the office early.

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