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#11
Zero. Those people would have been wasting time while on the clock with or without a phone glued to their hands.
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#12
How can you even measure this accurately?

First of all, before cell phones, people made personal calls on company phones. Second, for some people -- having that bit of connection to the outside world makes them feel less like they are "trapped" in their jobs. And yes, I can argue the other half of the issue: far too easy to be distracted, cell phone zombie syndrome, etc.

So in terms of measurement, I'm apt to support @Alian 's premise that time wasters will always waste time.

Also, seems like those who measure always want to measure how much money companies lose -- but rarely do we see anyone interested in measuring how much $$ is lost by the damage companies due to people, communities, environment, etc.

Okay, end of rant. Chuckle
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#13
The phone has turned a lot of society into zombies. A guy walked right in front of my car yesterday in a parking lot. Almost shit himself when he looked up and saw me.

And then there's the Darwin Award of late. Death by selfie. Jptdknpa

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article...cliff.html
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(01-13-2020, 02:05 PM)Alian Wrote: Zero. Those people would have been wasting time while on the clock with or without a phone glued to their hands.

Actually employees would’ve been talking to one another most likely and in my opinion that is better as a whole for a company.
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(01-13-2020, 11:23 AM)St. Blue Dude Wrote:
(01-13-2020, 11:05 AM)Mmmkay_Ultra Wrote:
(01-13-2020, 10:47 AM)Lily Wrote: I have no idea the amount of dollars lost annually but it has to be a huge number. We had an issue of our workers messing on their cell phones. We made a policy that phones were to be kept in your cars. Since that policy we have caught numerous workers hiding and texting. Some of our workers are probably over a half hour a day

That seems so minuscule to me!
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Let's work with it.   8 hour day.  
.5 hour wasted on cell usage.  
Assume an median US worker annual wage of: 905 per week  (bureau of Labor statistics)
905 / 40 = 22.62 / hour  
22.61 * .5 = 11.32  per worker per day.
11.32 * 5 = 56.60 per week wasted
As of December 2019, there were 131.14 million full-time employees in the United States (statista.com)

56.60 x 131,140,000  = 7,422,524,000 weekly
7,422,524,000 x 50 weeks =  371,126,200,000  annually.

BUT! This is just full-time employees.   We would have to gather part-time numbers to fully calculate that waste into this waste to get our Total Real Cell Phone Waste.

But also we would have to consider how much of this number is being perceived as waste, but may be legitimate and should not be labelled waste.

And maybe we would have to consider how much gets added to productivity by cell phones, in the sense that companies can immediately communicate with Salespeople, delivery drivers, any other type of workers who are remote to management.

Very impressive math.

In some jobs cell phones are a distraction that can lead to accidents. If one is paying attention to their phone and not what is happening around them, that can be dangerous.
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