TL;DR: Everyone in my team, including our boss, is spending 1 hour and 30 minutes per day drinking coffee and talking. Since I don't want to be alone and without friends, I'm joining them and I feel that my work performance has dropped. What should I do?
I'm working in the same company for about 7 years. One year ago, my company moved to another building that is a bit further from downtown. Since the place lacks public transportation, the company offers a private bus to help workers to arrive/leave. This change had the effect that now everyone comes and leaves at the same time: 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM. As we have 1 hour for lunch, that makes 8 hours of work per day in a fixed schedule.
I know that no one can be 100% productive and its completely normal and healthy to have a little talk with coworkers during the day. This helps building friendship and team spirit.
While 100% of productivity is not possible, I've read in a few places that 86% is desirable. So, for an 8 hours day, we could spend something like 1 hour doing things unrelated with work, like checking our banking account, the news website, or reading a personal e-mail that just arrived to your gmail account.
The problem is that my team, including our boss, established the informal culture that we have to meet at the cafeteria to drink coffee and have idle chat three times per day: between breakfast and lunch, after lunch and before the end of the day. Each time we spend near 30 minutes talking and laughing. I love this time.
Since I still like to read the news and my personal e-mail during work hours, I can say that during 2 hours, each day, I'm not working. I'm deeply concerned about this since my work performance has dropped. However, I had recently a annual meeting, where my performance was reviewed by the same boss that said I was doing fine.
To conclude: I work at a private company that is currently having deep financial problems. I want to work more, to stop spending so many time chatting, but I don't want to be alone and far from my team. I want my coworkers do the same. What can I do if my boss is the one that started this new culture and is the one that spend the most time idle? (talking with the boss of my boss is not an option)