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Hello, is anyone listening? The truth about conference calls

Tuesday, 17 Sep 2013 | 12:01 AM ET
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Be honest, how many of you have slacked off or even wandered off during a conference call? If the answer is a resounding 'yes,' you are definitely not alone.

Over half of the participants in a survey of professionals working in Singapore's financial services industry admitted that they don't pay attention during conference calls.

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The poll – called 'The Money Never Stops' – was conducted by career website eFinancialCareers. It polled workers in the city-state's financial services industry during the month of July, receiving over 1,700 answers.

According to the survey, one in five respondents has dialed into a conference call while taking a second phone-call or lying in bed. About 25 percent have dialed in while commuting, and one in ten individuals has participated while out shopping.

"When you have a lot of people during a call and if it doesn't stick to agenda, it's easy for people to go off task," said Kelly Teoh, a Singapore-based market strategist at financial services firm IG.

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"Any type of meeting that's not face-to-face, you tend to put stuff on mute when it's not your turn. It's a good and bad thing," Teoh added.

Some of the more interesting locations that individuals have taken calls from include the golf course, the toilet and the shower.

"Clearly though some people really have taken it to the extreme, so luckily there's a mute button," said George McFerran, Managing Director APAC at eFinancialCareers.

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The survey's main take-away? The nation's financial industry can lay claim to having some of the nation's highly accomplished multi-taskers.

— By CNBC.com's Nyshka Chandran. Follow her on Twitter @NyshkaCNBC

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