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by | 13th, January 2006

‘CIGARETTE smokers puffing away in the freezing cold are to be envied.

Sure, smoking increases the risk of them contracting a range of nasty diseases, and that’s if the hypothermia doesn’t get them first. But they do get so much time off work.

If a cigarette takes, say, five minutes to smoke, and June in accounts nips out to smoke ten fags a day, that’s fifty minutes of break time. Non-smokers sat at their desks are being short changed.

That’s hard luck on them. But the good news is that the modern way of doing business means non-smokers can now skive off just as much as the puffers.

A study into American working behaviour at the University of California has found that office staff work for an average of only 11 minutes before they are interrupted by an email, a phone call or a colleague.

The researchers calculated that these interruptions occupy a worker for a whopping 2.1 hours of a day.

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