Why do are we working longer hours? Maybe it’s too many distractions in the workplace.
According to a recent survey by Raleigh, N.C. support services company, Workplace Options, 42% of workers say they are coming in early or staying late in order to avoid distractions.
And what is so distracting at work?
* 24% said personal chatter involving office romances, water cooler gossip, etc.
* 23% said technology involving emails, phone calls, social media, internet glitches.
* 12% said meetings and lunches.
* 6% said surroundings – loud coworkers, music or television noise, or lack of privacy.
* 4% said celebrations for birthdays and baby showers or sports.
In its news release, Workplace Options said American businesses lose about $650 billion a year to workplace distractions, citing research by Jonathan Spira, who authored a report called “The Cost of Not Paying Attention: How Interruptions Impact Knowledge Worker Productivity.”
Of those surveyed, 22% reported seeing something that I’ve never seen happen: Someone fired for wasting time, disrupting other employees and partaking in other distractions. In the news business, this is known as creative space. And in many other businesses it is also referred to as management.