Managers Struggle to Reduce Workplace Distractions

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 06-20-2014 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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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.

 
 
 
 
 
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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