Nice weather we’re having eh? Did you have a good weekend?
Exchanging pleasantries like these are straight out of the office small talk starter pack. And new research shows we have 21 variations of these conversations each week.
That might sound like a lot – surely you haven’t had a natter with Linda off HR that many times in the week. But when you tally up all the other bouts of small talk, it all adds up.
A study, conducted by OnePoll looked at the working habits and behaviours of 2,000 employed people in the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, India and Australia.
As well as having over 20 casual chats, office workers also consume 19 coffees or other beverages from Monday to Friday, the study found.
Sounds about right, you’re probably having those awkward convos as you make your coffee in the communal kitchen.
From small talk interactions, guzzling down all that caffeine and an average of 17 weekly meetings, employees have busy days.
But work isn’t always at the forefront of the average office worker’s mind.
In fact, the office workers studied were found to visit a non-work related website more than 50 times per week and be on their phone for non-work reasons a further 56 times.
And if you like to saunter to the toilet for a mini-break, you’re not alone, the average worker takes 100 short breaks throughout the week
The research found that at any one time, employees will have six different tabs open on their computer. Though some may have more.
Researchers also looked at the top office distractions like loud chatting, use of their mobile phone etc.
All those distractions can also cause some miscommunications like absentmindedly sending an email in haste.
Here are some more of their findings:
Top five work miscommunications:
- Sending an email to the wrong person 55%
- Making a spelling mistake 46%
- Having a grammar mistake 39%
- Not speaking up in a meeting 36%
- Sending an email or chat before I’m ready 31%
Top office distractions:
- Phone 55%
- Loud conversations 46%
- Personal email 44%
- News alerts 35%
- Noisy construction around me 32%
Top non-work related tasks people do in the office:
- Check social media 57%
- Text 50%
- Have a conversation with a colleague about personal life 48%
- Keep both my personal and work emails open 46%
- Take a longer lunch break 39%
Anyway, thanks for reading. But aren’t you meant to be working?