Tech Distractions Are Top Productivity Killers
Thanks to the Internet and the ubiquity of personal mobile devices, many employers believe that constantly distracted employees are costing them hours a day in lost productivity per worker, according to a recent survey from CareerBuilder. Most professionals never have their smartphone out of reach—or eyesight—at work. Many use their device to text, post on social media, check the weather, play games and shop while on company time. As a result, organizations may experience compromised work quality, missed deadlines and revenue losses. While it's unrealistic to ban personal devices from the workplace, managers and employees should work together to develop guidelines and best practices to ensure that the use of these devices doesn't impede productivity. "While we need to be connected to devices for work, we're also a click away from alluring distractions … like social media and various apps," said Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer at CareerBuilder. "The connectivity conundrum isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it needs to be managed. [Managers should] have an open dialogue with employees about tech distractions. Acknowledge their existence and discuss challenges and solutions to keeping productivity up." As an added bonus, CareerBuilder has come up with a number of real-life off-the-wall office distractions, and we're including some of those here. Nearly 2,200 hiring managers and HR pros, along with more than 3,030 employees, took part in the research.