Put down the cell phone and get to work

here he was, standing on the sidewalk outside of a local business.

He had a broom in one hand, and a garbage bag tied to the same hand.

He was in full work uniform.

It was late morning during a weekday.

His obvious job?

Sweep up litter around the business, which is one of the busiest locally with constant foot traffic in the doors and vehicle traffic at the drive-through.

But what was he doing?

He was using his cell phone — not on a phone call — but probably texting or browsing the internet.

For how long? Well, for at least as long as we went through the line for about 6 to 8 minutes.

He was still on it as we passed by.

The point?

Put the damn phone down and get to work.

We see this type of behavior today a lot .. A LOT!

Too many people — and yes, we’ll mention younger people — are on their cell phones when they should be working.

When they should be focusing on the task at hand.

When they should be thinking to themselves, “What did I miss or what more must I do?”

When they should be thinking about what work they can do in advance of when it needs done.

When they should not even have their cell phones while on the job, or at least during parts of the work day when they should only be paying attention to the work.

We see this time and again: Workers spending too much time on their phones for “social” reasons, putting their work aside.

The average worker spends a full day of their work week doing things other than, well, work.

A survey from staffing firm OfficeTeam found the average office employee spends 56 minutes per day using their cell phone at work for non-work activity. That’s 43 percent more than the 39 minutes most managers said they thought occurred.

That works out to just under five hours per week of goofing off on phones.

Personal email and social media make up the majority of wasted time, with sports sites, mobile gaming, and shopping placing a far distant third, fourth, and fifth place, according to the survey.

More than half of the 600-plus employees surveyed said they used their phones to access websites blocked by company IT departments.

Here are more findings from the Office Team:

r Employees ages 18 to 34 rack up 70 minutes on mobile devices and 48 minutes on personal tasks each work day, the most of all age groups.

r While 62 percent of managers think staff spend the most time on social networks when using their own mobile devices during business hours, workers said they’re most occupied by personal email (30 percent).

r Male employees most frequently check non-work email on their cell phones (32 percent), while females browse social networks more (33 percent).

r Workers reported social media (39 percent) and entertainment websites (30 percent) are most commonly blocked at their companies. Nearly half of respondents (48 percent) indicated their organization doesn’t restrict access to online content.

Cell phones are addictive.

Cell phones with those small screens are bad for your eyes.

Screen time can increase anxiety.

You’re losing relationships … or at least time to build relationships.

And — as in the case of the above-mentioned worker — you’re shirking your responsibilities.