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Workplace Distractions That Kill Productivity

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 2015-07-23
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    Workplace Distractions That Kill Productivity

    Workplace Distractions That Kill Productivity

    By Dennis McCafferty

There are many ways for workers to avoid doing work, according to a recent survey from CareerBuilder. Given our total independence on all things digital, many productivity-draining distractions are technology-driven, including the use mobile devices, social media and the Web. Others are "unplugged" interactions that date back to the beginnings of office culture: gossiping, taking smoke breaks and marathon meetings. The consequences can be severe in terms of compromised work quality, missed deadlines and even lost revenue. To avoid falling into these traps, CareerBuilder recommends surrounding yourself with productive people because watching others do their jobs well can be a positive influence. Another suggestion: Schedule breaks as a formal part of your routine, as well as a time to reward yourself after you've accomplished something worthwhile. "Between the Internet, cell phones and co-workers, there are so many stimulants in today's workplace that it's easy to see how employees get sidetracked," says Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer of CareerBuilder. "The good news is, taking breaks from work throughout the day can actually be good for productivity, enabling the mind to take a break from the job at hand and re-energize. The trick is finding the right [work-appropriate] activities that promote—rather than deplete—energy." As a special bonus, we're including a list of highly unusual ways employees have wasted time, also courtesy of CareerBuilder's survey. A total of 2,175 hiring and HR managers took part in the research.   

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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