Between handheld gadgets (smartphones, Blackberries, etc.), time-wasting websites and office gossip, there’s no shortage of distractions for today’s workers.
And research show it’s taken a chunk out of companies’ bottom lines. According to new research from Workplace Options, workplace distractions cost U.S. businesses an estimated $650 billion per year.
The majority (53%) of employees say these distractions directly affect their productivity.
Pinpointing the main cause of the distractions is difficult, however. Reason: Workers are conflicted about whether technology helps or hinders their day-to-day tasks.
For example: Around 60% of employees in the study said having a handheld device increases their productivity. But 35% of workers said the devices increase distractions during the day.
One interesting finding in the study: Distractions have actually driven a number of workers to alter their schedules. In fact, 42% of employees are extending their workdays — by coming in early or leaving later — just to avoid distractions.
Readers, do workplace distractions affect your productivity? What are some of the distractions you face on a daily basis? Share them with us in the Comments section.