10 Most-Common Distractions in the Work Place

Time is money, so the saying goes. Therefore, if you have employees wasting time during business hours, they are in effect wasting your money. National Business Capital strives to help you maximize profits so we would like to share the following study.

A national online study was conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of CareerBuilder from February 10, 2014 to March 4, 2014.

The study found that one in four workers admitted they spend approximately one hour per day on personal activities when they should be working.

But it’s not just sneaking in personal emails and phone calls that distract workers in the office.

10 Most Common Disruptions In the Workplace:

  1. Cell Phone/Texting: 50%
  2. Gossip: 42%
  3. The Internet: 39%
  4. Social Media: 38%
  5. Snack Breaks or Smoke Breaks: 27%
  6. Noisy Co-Workers: 24%
  7. Meetings: 23 percent
  8. Email: 23%
  9. Co-Workers Dropping By: 23%
  10. Co-Workers Putting Calls on Speaker Phone: 10%

What is Your Biggest Distraction in Your Office, and How Can You Remove Them?

Here are some suggestions made by CareerBuilder:

  • Organize and prioritize – De-clutter your workspace and clearly lay out your game plan for the week. What do you need to accomplish each day? How much time will each project take? Which projects have the highest priority?
  • Limit interruptions – Incoming calls and co-workers dropping by to chat about their weekend can break your concentration and eat up time. Block off a conference room to work on a project to avoid distractions at your desk. Read your email at intervals instead of opening each one as soon as it comes in. Consider telecommuting on certain days.
  • Avoid unnecessary meetings – Don’t set aside an hour to meet about an issue or initiative that can be addressed with a quick phone call. Politely decline the meeting invitation and follow up with the organizer.
  • Get personal on your own time – Whether you want to call a friend, take advantage of an online sale or post a picture of your dog on your social profile, do it during your lunch hour or break time or after work.
  • Communicate wisely – Don’t spend 20 minutes crafting an email to the person sitting in the next cubicle. Save time by picking up the phone or walking over to your colleague’s desk.
  • Don’t delay the inevitable – Finding other things to do so you can put off a less preferred project will only end up wasting more time. Don’t procrastinate. Dive in and tackle the task at hand.

We hope these tips help your workers be more productive!

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About the Author, Megan Capobianco
Megan Capobianco is the Marketing Manager at National Business Capital & Services. Megan is passionate about helping business owners along their journey - providing them with relevant content they can use in their day-to-day operations.