Workplace distractions cost money

Posted on Jul 21 2015 - 2:00pm by John Peters
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New research reveals that businesses are losing £250 million a year due to distractions such as heavy email traffic, loud talkers and office gossips.

 New research reveals that businesses are losing £250 million a year due to distractions such as heavy email traffic, loud talkers and office gossips.


New research reveals that businesses are losing £250 million a year due to distractions such as heavy email traffic, loud talkers and office gossips.

The Ahead of the Curve Report, commissioned by Samsung and conducted in partnership with the University of Leeds, found workers are unproductive for 70 days of the year, with respondents admitting they only feel like they’ve actually achieved something on an average of 3.6 days a week.

Almost a quarter (22%) claim they interrupt their workflow every 22 minutes to check email and over a third (38%) admit they check their messages at least every 15 minutes.

According to the survey, the top seven office distractions are:

1 Loud talkers – 57%

2 Ringing phones – 39%

3 Unnecessary meetings – 26%

4 A never-ending flow of email – 22%

5 Making tea – 18%

6 Office gossips – 16%

7 People typing loudly – 12%

Graham Long, Vice President of Samsung’s Enterprise Business Team, said: “£250 million is a big loss to the UK economy so it’s important that businesses recognise that having the right mix of technology in the workplace and fully enabling mobile working can positively impact employee productivity and engagement.”