A survey has found that workers in New Zealand are wasting about a fifth of their time on the job each week at a cost of about 19 billion NZ dollars (14.3 billion U. S. dollars) a year to the economy.
Employees questioned in the Productivity Pulse Survey carried out by audit firm Ernst & Young estimated that 15 percent of their time at work is wasted, and the biggest culprit was dealing with emails, Radio New Zealand reported on Sunday.
Others time-wasters were unnecessary meetings, technology waiting time and process waiting time.
Employers estimated that 21 percent of the work done each day by staff was of no value to their company.
Employers and Manufacturers' Association spokesperson David Lowe said a little discipline in the workplace can stem email volumes and allow people to spend time on their job.
Lowe said suggestions for improvement should come from the workers themselves.
The survey questioned 1,220 people in March and has a margin of error of 2.8 percent.