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Just give us the $500 grand and we’ll go away.

By johnboy 10 December 2007 23

The Register have had the brilliant idea of figuring out their cost to the global economy and then asking for the money to go away.

Which got me wondering how much this website costs the ACT’s employers every year.

So here’s how it works.

In the last 12 months we had 722,502 visits.

We estimate that 80% of those were from Canberra, or 578,001.6

Of those our analysis suggests 60% were in work hours, leaving 346,801.

We also know that the average time on the site per visit is 4.5 minutes so that’s a total wasted work time of 1,560,604 minutes. That’s 27,510 hours.

Conservatively pricing your time at $25/hour we get a grand total of $687,751 this website is costing the ACT economy each year.

Being generous souls we’re happy to knock that down to $500,000 and be done with it.

So with one easy payment of $500,000 to fund our alcoholism, the ACT would save itself the best part of $100,000 in the first year alone with savings, savings, savings, to be had in the out years.

You know it makes sense.

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pelican 4:00 pm 16 Jan 08

Most government departments (that I am aware of) monitor online time at work so people where I work don’t access the internet for personal use unless at lunch time and even then are pretty careful about what sites they visit. In fact the managers in the last department I worked recieved a list of the sites visited by their staff in working hours.

Absenteeism is pretty high in some government departments so maybe many are visiting the site from home with their hot lemon and honey at hand.

Desmo_V twin 9:12 am 12 Dec 07

Hook, line and sinker..

Maelinar, no need to justify anything to me pal.

Mælinar 10:47 am 11 Dec 07

V Twin – I just noticed the malingerer comment in the battlespam.

Lets do some quick math:

300 applications for funding spread over 30 days = an average of 10/day.

Lets break that down to 5 in the morning and 5 in the afternoon. Each application can take anything up to an hour to assess critically, but averages out over a spread.

Add in a lunch break, and thats 11 individual clearing the head moments / day while better serving the Australian public by ensuring a distinctive gap between assessments.

Malingerer ? Timewaster ? – I think those would be hard to prove given that I have increased office productivity substantially since I started.

I would more reasonably consider that I’m just pretty good at time management.

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