Employees Frequently Indulge in Tech Distractions

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 09-22-2014 Email

Constant connectivity is demolishing the wall which once stood firm between one's work time and "me time." With the dominance of bring your own device, professionals don't hesitate to use their gadgets in the office to call family and friends, check personal emails, post on their social networks or even play games, according to a recent survey conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of Ricoh Americas Corp. And many employees admit that it's hurting their productivity, sometimes to a great extent, according to the findings. "We're facing a 'connectivity conundrum,' " says Terrie Campbell, vice president of strategic marketing at Ricoh Americas. "We need to be connected to electronic resources for our work, which gives us a tremendous ability to achieve great things. But the flipside is we're a click away from alluring distractions like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Hollywood gossip and Angry Birds. Not so long ago, most workers assiduously avoided taking personal calls during work hours unless it was during their lunch hour and away from their desk. But times have clearly changed." As a bonus, we're including best practices for CIOs and other managers to minimalize the distractions and help keep staffers focused on work. More than 1,030 employed adults participated in the research. For more about the survey, click here.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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