Managers Struggle to Reduce Workplace Distractions
42% of workers and hirers say gossip is a prime time waster.
38% say social media is a major work distraction.
24% feel that noisy coworkers present a significant productivity barrier.
23% say dealing with e-mail wastes too much time.
10% say they’re frequently distracted from work by colleagues who put calls on speaker phone.
25% are banning employees from making personal calls or conducting personal business on their mobile phones.
19% set aside specific times for lunch and work breaks.
13% are implementing open-space layouts to get rid of cubicle walls.
11% restrict the use of speaker phones if the employee doesn’t have a private office.
An employee hid underneath boxes to scare coworkers.
A staffer spent her day caring for a pet bird that she smuggled into work.
An employee claimed to be praying, but was really sleeping.