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Professional Convention Management Association

June 15 2015

Are These Productivity Killers Getting In Your Way, Too?

By David McMillin

Feeling like your attention is constantly shifting away from the work sitting in front of you? You’re not alone. In an era of digital distractions, plenty of business professionals are struggling to focus on the tasks that need to be finished. A new survey of more than 2,100 HR managers conducted by CareerBuilder highlights the top reasons employees are facing issues in the workplace. Not surprisingly, many of them involve the glowing screens of their devices.

1)    Cell phones/texting

2)    The Internet

3)    Gossip

4)    Social media

5)    Email

“Between the Internet, cell phones and co-workers, there are so many stimulants in today’s workplace, it’s easy to see how employees get sidetracked,” Rosemary Haefner, Chief Human Resources Officer, CareerBuilder, said in a statement.

“The good news is, taking breaks from work throughout the day can actually be good for productivity, enabling the mind to take a break from the job at hand and re-energize you,” Haefner adds. “The trick is finding the right (work-appropriate) activities that promote — rather than deplete — energy.”

SEE ALSO: 5 More Distractions That Are Destroying Your Productivity

So how can you get past these productivity killers? Haefner offered a few suggestions for powering through them. From scheduling breaks with pre-determined ending times to making oneself accountable to a social network to taking a 20-minute walk, she believes today’s employees must exercise self-control in avoiding a cycle of procrastination.

However, some employers aren’t leaving it up to their workers. The research highlights that nearly 75 percent of organizations have taken steps to prevent their employees from delaying their responsibilities. Some efforts feel a bit like a parent overextending his or her reach, such as scheduling lunch times and monitoring Internet usage. Others, though, are strong attempts that can pay big dividends including allowing people to telecommute and placing restrictions on the number of meetings allowed per day.

Are you looking for help to get more done? Check out “3 Free Apps To Increase Your Productivity” for a few recommendations.

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