Employee Distractions Reaching Epidemic Levels

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 03-25-2014 Email

With 24/7/365 access to the Internet and social media—not to mention a relentless barrage of incoming e-mails—employees are constantly facing challenges when it comes to workplace distractions. In fact, the average professional sends and receives 105 e-mails a day, and check their in-boxes 36 times an hour, research shows. As for social media? More than three of four workers with a Facebook account use it during work, and spend up to two hours a day on the site. All of this is taking a toll on workplace productivity, according to a new survey from Webtrate, as the majority of survey participants say they'd accomplish more if they could just shut down the Internet for at least part of the day. "It seems we are increasingly looking to satiate our desire for new information by constantly checking social media, e-mails and the web," says Will Little, founder of Webtrate, which gives users the option to block their access to the Internet for certain time periods. "This thrill of finding out something new is so powerful that it can get in the way of pressing and important work." While there are tech solutions which can help you stay on track at work, you can also encourage your tech teams adopt some of the following best practices from the site Lifehack. An estimated 3,000 U.S. workers participated in the Webtrate survey. For more about the Lifehack tips, click here

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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