While most people appear to be busy at the office, a new poll suggests most of them are probably busy with anything but work.
Lots of distractions will keep workers from getting anything done, and, according to the study, that includes 21 bouts of small talk with colleagues per week, as well as 17 meetings, gatherings and conferences. And the Internet also seems be taking up a lot of people’s time, with the average worker checking out 10 non-work related websites on a typical day, checking them more than 50 times per week.
They’ll also be on their phone 56 times for non-work related reasons, and they’ll also take about 100 non-working breaks during the week. And even if they want to work harder, there’s alsoplenty of stuff that’s simply distracting employees from getting their job done, with the telephone being the top distraction (46%), followed by loud conversations (55%).
Other top distractions include:
- Personal email (44%)
- News alerts (35%)
- Noisy construction around me (32%)