The biggest workplace distraction revealed

The biggest workplace distraction revealed

Distractions in the workplace are often unavoidable; and until the world evolves and allows every employee to exercise some flexible or remote working, we just have to put up with them.

A recent survey has found the biggest workplace distraction, is social messaging app WhatsApp.

Fleximize, a business lender, found that the app is the main reason employees procrastinate in the office – with 72% of workers chatting with their friends at their desks when they should be working.

After interviewing a range of employees, from juniors to CEOs, the study also found that one in five workers admitted to procrastinating for over two hours a day – some even confessed the reality was closer to six hours.

WhatsApp was followed by Facebook, which distracts 70%, with Instagram (49%) Twitter (41%) and Snapchat (30%) also named as time-consuming culprits.

“It’s ironic that social media, which has become an essential tool for businesses, is at the same time proving the biggest drain on employee productivity,” commented Peter Tuvey, Founder and Managing Partner of Fleximize. “However, it can also be seen as an opportunity to harness the ‘always on’ mentality of millennials. For example, companies could encourage all staff to gear their social media habits towards business goals, whether that’s seeking out and sharing relevant news stories or keeping an eye on the activity of competitors.”

Furthermore, 63% of employees claimed that they eat their breakfast and their lunch at their desks twice a week – a further 65% said they don’t even leave the office.

“It was a big eye-opener to see that 71% of UK workers are doing up to four hours of overtime each week,” added Tuvey. “If these figures mean employers should start instating mandatory lunch hours and a ‘don’t take your work home with you’ policy, it could be a big step forward for UK businesses in improving the work-life balance of their teams.”

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