While technology helps workers stay connected while away from the office, in many cases it is causing them to disconnect while in the office, leading to a negative impact on productivity.
According to new CareerBuilder research, one in five employers (19%) think workers are productive less than five hours a day. The top reason—more than half of employers (55%) say workers’ mobile phones/texting are to blame.
Other productivity killers cited by employers include:
- The Internet: 41%;
- Gossip: 39%;
- Social media: 37%;
- Co-workers dropping by: 27%;
- Smoke breaks or snack breaks: 27%;
- Email: 26%;
- Meetings: 24%;
- Noisy co-workers: 20; and
- Sitting in a cubicle: 9%.
Three in four employers (75%) say two or more hours a day are lost in productivity because employees are distracted. Forty-three percent say at least three hours a day are lost.
More than three-quarters of employers (76%) have taken at least one step to mitigate productivity killers, such as blocking certain Internet sites (32%) and banning personal calls/cell phone use (26%).
Employers were also asked to reveal the most unusual or most memorable things they have caught an employee doing when they should have been working. Some examples include:
- Employee was working on a scrapbook;
- Employee was decorating a cubicle with chains of paper clips;
- Employee brought her equipment for her embroidery business from home and was making items for a craft show to sell;
- Employee was doing doughnuts in the parking lot in the snow;
- Employee brought in a kitten she found outside and tried to keep it quiet within a large purse;
- Employee was working on her child’s school project that included uncooked macaroni noodles;
- Employee was lying on a patient’s bed talking to the patient while the patient sat in her wheelchair;
- Employee was watching YouTube videos of people shoving marshmallows in their mouth;
- Employee was doing some personal grooming in the break room; and
- Employee was searching on Craigslist for dates.