Worker 'Idle Time' Costs U.S. Employers $100 Billion a Year, Study Says; That is what survey says is being spent on employees who are on the clock but not working

At Bain & Company, consultants between projects are referred to as being "on the beach," said Keith Bevans, a partner who leads recruiting for the firm. Managers know who is busy and who isn't and distribute new assignments accordingly. When lulls crop up during a project—for example, a big meeting gets pushed back—consultants are often encouraged to head home early.