An informative survey recently released by Harris Poll on behalf of CareerBuilder yields insight into the most common productivity roadblocks experienced in our workplaces. Among the findings:
- personal use of technology is one of the leading culprits behind unproductive activity at work.
- one in four workers (24 percent) admitted that, during a typical workday, they will spend at least one hour a day on personal calls, emails or texts.
- twenty-one percent estimate that they spend one hour or more during a typical workday searching the Internet for non-work-related information, photos, etc.
Behaviors of co-workers, meetings and other factors are also creating obstacles to maximizing performance. When asked what they consider to be the primary productivity stoppers in the workplace, employers pointed to:
- Cell phone/texting – 50 percent
- Gossip – 42 percent
- The Internet – 39 percent
- Social media – 38 percent
- Snack breaks or smoke breaks – 27 percent
- Noisy co-workers – 24 percent
- Meetings – 23 percent
- Email – 23 percent
- Co-workers dropping by – 23 percent
- Co-workers putting calls on speaker phone – 10 percen
Nearly three in four employers (73 percent) have implemented some measures to mitigate productivity killers at work. Tactics include:
- Blocking certain Internet sites at work – 36 percent
- Prohibiting personal calls or personal use of cell phones – 25 percent
- Monitoring emails and Internet usage – 22 percent
- Scheduling lunch and break times – 19 percent
- Allowing people to telecommute – 14 percent
- Implementing an open space layout instead of cubicles – 13 percent
- Limiting meetings – 12 percent
- Restricting use of speaker phones if not in an office – 11 percent
Survey Methodology This survey was conducted online within the U.S. by Harris Poll on behalf of CareerBuilder among 2,138 hiring managers and human resource professionals and 3,022 workers (employed full-time, not self-employed, non-government) ages 18 and over between February 10 and March 4, 2014 (percentages for some questions are based on a subset, based on their responses to certain questions). With pure probability samples of 2,138 and 3,022, one could say with a 95 percent probability that the overall results have sampling errors of +/-2.12 and +/-1.78 percentage points, respectively. Sampling error for data from sub-samples is higher and varies.
Source: Career Builder
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