Everyone gets distracted at work. We take breaks from intense projects, use diversions to help us refocus, but everyone has times when these tangents go on for too long. When it comes to helping employees get back on track, however, companies tend to apply the same solutions to different problems, and that doesn’t always work in the modern business world. Instead, the solution should take into account the different reasons your employees could be distracted, specifically focusing on the individual problem at hand.
Let Them Work
Workplace distractions aren’t the result of off-task activities while nobody’s looking; more often than not, they are the by-product of intraoffice interruptions. According to a recent survey CareerBuilder, some of the most prominent office distractions employees have little control over include:
- 42% of workers are distracted employee gossip.
- 24% of employees are distracted noisy coworkers.
- 25% of team members are distracted meetings.
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Reduce the number of daily or weekly meetings and discourage coworker interruptions to increase the amount of actual working time. The less time employees spend talking, the more time they have to get things done.
Integrate Them Into the Schedule
Not all distractions are created equal. Sometimes employees fall prey to disruptions because continuing to work with tunnel vision wouldn’t allow them to make real progress on projects – they need these interruptions. Focusing on a single task for too long can actually decrease performance day-over-day, much in the same way that longer hours at work increased productivity.
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Provide employees with planned breaks to help reduce minor distractions. Research shows that the best formula for productivity is to work for 52 minutes, then take a 17-minute break. Your company’s own routine doesn’t have to be that exactly, but the general idea of the plan would be to allow your employees regular breaks at the office in order to refresh their minds so they are more productive in-house (which is good for them and you).
Ease Their Worries
There are some distractions that are much harder for company leadership to address. While you simply can’t fix the team’s personal problems, that doesn’t mean you can’t provide avenues so they can develop tools to solve them on their own. Financial problems, for example, don’t go away overnight, but they can affect how employees work. Consider offering financial wellness programs which help alleviate some of these issues. A recent study revealed that:
- Almost 60% of employees are stressed and distracted their financial worries.
- 37% of employees believe their financial issues lower their productivity at work.
- 25% of employees have missed work because of the stress of their financial problems.
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Office distractions can come from all kinds of places, and so your solutions need to fit the problem. Whether they’re distracted their environment, their work cycles, or their own problems, good managers need to be proactive about getting these distractions out of the way however they see fit. And with the right solution in place, there’s no reason everyone at your company can’t work at a steady clip.
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