Earnings with no work

Paper cup retailer Inn Supplies have calculated the money you earn when you are not working as it is impossible for any employee to work every 40 hours/ week without lifting a hand. There comes many distractions and here we present you a brief summary of earnings while you are not working.

§  Late Appearances

Whether it’s struggling through the commute or arriving back from lunch a little later, lateness happens to us all. However, for some, it’s a more common occurrence.

Back in 2012, a study found that a single late employee loses 97 minutes per month on average. Assuming an average UK salary of £27,600, employees on this pay scale earn £14.38 per hour. With this in mind, 97 minutes of lateness costs employers £23.25 in lost time per employee each month.

A more recent study by CareerBuilder has found that 16% of employees are late on a weekly basis. This means that in a business with 50 employees, eight employees are late each week. Assuming this lateness equates to the monthly average of 97 minutes, this could cost a business around £186 each month just on employee lateness.

§  Doctor appointments

Over the course of a year, we’ll visit our GP six times on average, with each appointment lasting 10 minutes. Of course, the actual time we’re away from our desk is much longer than this, considering time spent travelling to the surgery and in the waiting room itself.

According to research by Vitals.com, we spend an average of 21 minutes in the doctor’s waiting room. If we assume travelling to and from the surgery will take around 30 minutes in total, this —added to the 10 minute consultation time — means we’re away from our desks for around an hour each time we visit the doctors, costing employers the hourly rate of £14.38.

On the assumption that three of the six yearly GP appointments will take place during working hours, employees stand to earn £43.14 over the course of the year. For a workforce of 50, employers could lose £2,157 per year on doctor’s appointments alone.

§  Distractions

Of course, it’s not just tardiness, personal comfort and our health that can lead us away from our desks. We face a number of distractions on a daily basis. The most common? Our mobile phones.

A survey by CareerBuilder has found that 55% of employees use their mobile phone for personal use in the workplace. Of course, it’s unknown just how much time is wasted on mobile phones. However, if we assume that 15 minutes each day is spent on mobile phones at work — be it calling, texting or using social media — employers are paying out £3.60 to each employee each day on mobile phone use. If 55% of 50 employees use their mobile phones for this amount of time, the cost to the employer is £100.80 each day. Over the course of the year, this equates to £23,386.

§  Toilet breaks

You may not think it, but when nature calls you’re actually making money! On average, we’ll go to the toilet six or seven times a day. Basing our calculations on the average employee visiting the loo three times at work, with each lasting four minutes, you’ll earn 96p each time you go to the toilet.

For employers with a workforce of 50, the total cost lost through toilet breaks each day is £144 — and it’s money that is literally going down the toilet! Excluding holidays, there are 232 working days in the average year. Over this time, a company of this size can expect to spend £33,408 on toilet breaks alone.

§  Cigarette breaks

If you’re a smoker, you’ll likely take cigarette breaks during the working day. A study found that employees who smoke cost their employer £1,815 over the course of the year.

When you consider that one in five British workers smoke, a company with 50 employees could shell out £18,150 over the course of the year on cigarette breaks alone.

Here is a brief summary of employee earnings and employer loss in quantitative form:

Employee earns/ month

Employer loses/ month

Late Arrivals

£23.25 £186

Toilet Breaks



Cigarette Breaks



Doctor Appointments



Other Distractions £72







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