What’s Your Biggest IT Timewaster?

Dick Smith has produced an office productivity study suggesting that we’re wasting two weeks each year sorting put paper jams and other technical glitches. That seems a little extreme to us — two weeks equates to about 80 hours or close to 90 minutes per week. However, we’re also sure that dodgy equipment is causing some lost time in the office.

The “Dick Smith Productivity Study” polled 252 office workers and 251 small business owners in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.

The study does have some “interesting” findings. For example, Greg Hirsch, Dick Smith’s Office Merchandise Manager stressed that technology such as laptops, printers and hard drives should be updated at least every two years. He said, “People are placing more and more demands on technology. For example, we’re more likely to use tablets for work and personal use which means we’re outgrowing our devices at a faster rate than we’re replacing it.”

In contrast, we’re seeing businesses trying to get more life out of resources. In particular, we’re seeing computers and servers being held onto for four or more years, as finances have been much tighter in recent years.

That said, we’re curious. What’s your biggest technical time waster? We don’t mean people messing about with lolcats on Tumblr. We’re interested in finding out what IT glitches are burning time in your office.

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