Believe it or not, only half involve technology.

New York Yankees superstar shortstop Derek Jeter has a rule for visitors to his 30,875-square-foot mansion: You must leave your cell phone in a basket by the front door.

“He points and says, ‘Phones go there,’ so no one can take pictures inside his house,” reports The New York Daily News.

What if your boss had the same policy at your office? If you believe a new poll, about a quarter of us would have an extra hour to get work done.

“One in four workers admitted that, during a typical workday, they will spend at least one hour a day on personal calls, emails or texts,” says jobs site CareerBuilder, which polled more than 5,000 hiring managers and workers (presumably on their phones) about how employees waste time.

While other time-wasters included surfing the web (39 percent), checking social media (38 percent),   and reading and writing email (23 percent), the No. 2 work distraction is the lowest tech of all: Gossip, at 42 percent.


Top 5 no-tech stories of blowing off work while at work

(all revealed to CareerBuilder) the employee was…

  1. “Caring for her pet bird that she smuggled into work.”
  2. “Shaving her legs in the women’s restroom.”
  3. “Laying under boxes to scare people.”
  4. “Having a wrestling match.”
  5. “Blowing bubbles in sub-zero weather to see if the bubbles would freeze and break.”

Sadly, the survey didn’t reveal if the bubbles actually froze in mid-air. (They can.)

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