Technologies like the Internet and smartphones have made it easier for companies to conduct business, but at the same time, they offer a world of distractions that may hurt productivity.
A new study from CareerBuilder found that most employers are concerned about these productivity killers, with 74 percent taking action to mitigate their effects, including
- Blocking certain Internet sites: 33 percent
- Banning personal calls/cell phone use 23 percent
- Scheduled lunch and break times: 21 percent
- Monitor emails and Internet use: 21 percent
- Limit meetings: 16 percent
- Allow people to telecommute: 13 percent
What This Means for You
While it’s no mystery why employers would want to cut back on productivity killers, completely eliminating or banning them from the office may lead to discontentment among employees. The key is finding a balance that maintains productivity without hurting morale.
The fact is, taking breaks from work throughout the day can actually improve productivity. Employers who are concerned about distractions cutting into their employees’ output should set clear guidelines for acceptable duration and frequency of breaks, and encourage their employees to make the most of them.