However, from the management point of view, if the project deadlines have already been sacrificed, then how much of idling time can we attribute to the failure to deliver? How do managers measure and define the acceptable range? I think this is no different that those interview and job hoping questions, except one is in operations the other is in HR.
The question I wanted to ask, but is warned by the blue popup bubble that it "appers subjective and is likely to be closed", is:
What are the management tools that are/can be used you use to measure, quantify and benchmark to define an acceptable idle time and frequency of idling? e.g. 7.5 seconds on Farmville every 1 minute, versus 15 mins in the pantry for every 2 hours of work.
Is this a valid question?
I asked this question to Google but didn't get an answer, so I wrote a small application to measure the keyboard and mouse input idle time. At the end of one day, I personally clocked 45mins of idle time, while the worse performing member clocked 2:30 hours. Sure, this application is not perfect, people can still chat on Skype and surf SE like I am doing now, but I think this is a good start. With this result, I can quantify the quantify the acceptable range and I think this makes an appropriate answer for the above question.
Can I post the question on Workplace now?