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Posted: Wednesday, 18 June 2014 10:20AM

Workplace Distractions Limit Productivity



iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- It’s a fact of the workplace that people aren’t working every second they’re there.

CareerBuilder asked 2,138 hiring managers and HR professionals, and more than 3,000 private sector employees about the most popular ways of wasting time on the job and 50 percent said people spending time on their cellphones was the number one detriment to productivity.

Other forms of production killers, in order, are gossiping, going on the Internet, logging onto social media sites, snacking or smoking, noisy co-workers and meetings.

The respondents listed some of the more unusual ways people did stuff other than work, including caring for a bird, shaving legs in the women’s restroom or taking selfies in the restroom, wrestling and changing clothes in a cubicle.

In the meantime, about three in four employers have tried to keep their workers in line by blocking certain Internet sites, forbidding cellphone use or personal calls and even monitoring emails and Internet usage.


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