Employees, on an average, spend 34% of their paid time not working.
They used to tell this story around the 20th Century-Fox offices in New York. The company had advertised for a salesperson and got this reply from an applicant:
“I am at present selling furniture at the address below. You may judge my sales ability if you will stop in to see me at any time, pretending that you are interested in buying furniture.
“When you come in you can identify me by my red hair. And I will have no way of identifying you. Such salesmanship as I exhibit during your visit, therefore, will be no more than my usual workday approach, and not a special effort to impress a prospective employer.”
Despite hundreds of other applicants, the redheaded furniture salesperson got the job.