Research suggests that bored and uninspired workers are costing businesses some £40 million a day in lost productivity, spending many minutes chatting, using the internet or simply daydreaming when they should be working.
According to careers advice service learndirect a third of UK workers daydream at work on a daily basis, while many even spend time looking for another job.
More than a third admitted to spending 25 minutes a day chatting or surfing the web, prompting fresh fears over worker productivity. Gareth Dent of learndirect highlights these findings as evidence of the fact that many workers are unsatisfied but at a loss over what to do to improve their situation.
"This research uncovers a significant number of people who want to change their career but dont know where to start," he said according to the Birmingham Post.
Meanwhile the Trades Union Congress recommends that employers do not prohibit staff from using Facebook at work, describing this as an over reaction.