[aa_subtitle_display]Now more than ever, employees have a multitude of ways to end up distracted at work. For your business, this can mean a loss of productivity, and in turn – a lower success rate, less movement towards company goals, and – most importantly – money lost.
That being said, it is vital to recognize what can pose as distractions to your employees throughout their work day and realize how to set your employees up to be less distracted and more productive.
Top Workplace Distractions
It goes without saying that we have the world at our fingertips when it comes to our cell phones. Smart phones enable people to do much more than “text message” and “call” loved ones
– it also is a source of endless entertainment via social media, games, and a point of internet access. Even if employees are not personally using their cell phones, others talking on their phones in the office can be distracting to everyone.
CareerBuilder reports that in a survey of over 2,000 workers, over half stated that cell phones serve as the largest workplace distraction.
Especially for employees that work on a computer all day, it is tempting to browse the internet for things other than work. Whether it is reading a news article, online shopping, or checking on a favorite sports team
– it’s undeniable that it can be hard to resist the urge to browse the net rather than do work. This is a large workplace distraction, identified by 44% of survey respondents (of the above mentioned survey) as the number one workplace distraction.
Technology is not the only culprit when it comes to workplace distractions. Gossip among the office also serves as a large distraction, with 37% survey respondents noting that office gossip is a common distraction and 27% saying that co-workers stopping by their desks to chat is a notable obstacle to productivity.
Not only can this be very distracting, but it can also lead to other workplace issues.
How do we fix this concentration problem?
Workplace distractions can have a negative effect on your business. Consequences include a lessened quality of work from employees, decreased employee morale in the office, and a negative effect on boss-employee relationships.
Given these issues, it is important for your business to combat against them.
Offer frequent breaks
Encouraging employees to take breaks with specified start and end times is a good way for them to “destress” from work, spend some time on things they want to be doing (like scrolling on their cell phones or chatting with other employees).
However, having a timeframe set for the break allows employees to mentally recognize when it is time to get back to work.
Encourage public accountability
Having employees set public goals with specified time periods for deliverables is a good way to promote them staying on task and staying away from distractions.
This allows other employees to hold them accountable to meeting these goals and standards and can encourage them to ensure they are being more productive.
Recognize those who are easily distracted
Part of running a business is being in tune with your employees and their habits. Recognizing those who are easily distracted and having them sit strategically near those who are historically productive can help these workers increase their productivity.
How your PEO Can Help
Your PEO can assist in recognizing the distractions plaguing your workplace and work with you to fight against them to maximize employee productivity while ensuring a healthy work-life balance and strong office morale.
Together with our competitive analysis, we can partner you with the right PEO to fit your office needs and help your company meet your goals.