Managers Struggle to Reduce Workplace Distractions

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 06-20-2014 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

While technology has greatly increased productivity in the workplace, the resulting distractions are also taking a toll. Whether gossiping, posting away on social media or spending more time than they should on work e-mails, workers are getting sidetracked from essential tasks far too often. It should come as no surprise then that 73 percent of employers are taking action to mitigate such time-wasting activities. These findings arrive courtesy of a recent survey from CareerBuilder, which offers the following best practices for managers to address the situation: Encourage employees to read their e-mails in blocks and to limit incessant back and forths on replies. Set expected project delivery timelines in stages, so workers aren't tempted to procrastinate. Don't let team leaders schedule endless meetings to review details which can be adequately addressed via a phone call or e-mail. To lend some levity to the topic, we're also including a couple weird but true examples of time-wasting employees, as provided by CareerBuilder. Nearly 2,200 hiring managers and HR professionals and more than 3,020 workers participated in the research. For more about the survey, click here.

 
 
 
  • Biggest Time Wasters at Work: Mind Your Own Business

    42% of workers and hirers say gossip is a prime time waster.
    Biggest Time Wasters at Work: Mind Your Own Business
  • Biggest Time Wasters at Work: Social Call

    38% say social media is a major work distraction.
    Biggest Time Wasters at Work: Social Call
  • Biggest Time Wasters at Work: Hey, Keep It Down Over There!

    24% feel that noisy coworkers present a significant productivity barrier.
    Biggest Time Wasters at Work: Hey, Keep It Down Over There!
  • Biggest Time Wasters at Work: In-Box Overload

    23% say dealing with e-mail wastes too much time.
    Biggest Time Wasters at Work: In-Box Overload
  • Biggest Time Wasters at Work: Mute Button, Please

    10% say they're frequently distracted from work by colleagues who put calls on speaker phone.
    Biggest Time Wasters at Work: Mute Button, Please
  • How Companies are Addressing Time Wasters: Nothing Personal

    25% are banning employees from making personal calls or conducting personal business on their mobile phones.
    How Companies are Addressing Time Wasters: Nothing Personal
  • How Companies are Addressing Time Wasters: Clear Boundaries

    19% set aside specific times for lunch and work breaks.
    How Companies are Addressing Time Wasters: Clear Boundaries
  • How Companies are Addressing Time Wasters: No Place to Hide

    13% are implementing open-space layouts to get rid of cubicle walls.
    How Companies are Addressing Time Wasters: No Place to Hide
  • How Companies are Addressing Time Wasters: Private Line

    11% restrict the use of speaker phones if the employee doesn't have a private office.
    How Companies are Addressing Time Wasters: Private Line
  • Bizarre Cases of Productivity-Killing Workers: Boo!

    An employee hid underneath boxes to scare coworkers.
    Bizarre Cases of Productivity-Killing Workers: Boo!
  • Bizarre Cases of Productivity-Killing Workers: Tweet This!

    A staffer spent her day caring for a pet bird that she smuggled into work.
    Bizarre Cases of Productivity-Killing Workers: Tweet This!
  • Bizarre Cases of Productivity-Killing Workers: Spiritual Calling

    An employee claimed to be praying, but was really sleeping.
    Bizarre Cases of Productivity-Killing Workers: Spiritual Calling
 
 
 
 
 
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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