American Workers: Lazy or Creative? covers the results of a survey done by Salary.com with an interview with Salary.com's vice president of Compensation, Bill Coleman. The most intersting thing in there was that men and women loafed equally at the office- but employers typically believe women to be the likelier shirkers.

Although Coleman believes that the striking amount of time spent loafing- 2.09 hours, in addition to scheduled breaks and lunch- is a reaction to the increasingly permeable border between work and not-work- it reminds me of smething I recently read. Early Cro-Magnons and Neanderthals typically spent about four to five hours "working" each day, whether it was making tools or using them for various survival tasks. Although some searching didn't turn up any links for that, it doesn't sound too far-fetched to be true, inasmuch as we can ever know anything about our ancestors. Ballpark, that 2.09 hours, plus lunch (1 hour) and "breaks" (~1 hour) would take the actual workday down to something more like an early human's. What if all this work and life mixing is much more a return to form, to a stable state we experienced for millions of years?

Anyway, there are some other tidbits in there, especially about the value of loafing...check out the interview with Coleman and C-Net's original writeup.

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