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The Top 10 Productivity Killers

Posted Tuesday, February 10, 2015 by Jules VanSant.

alt textLet’s face it - ha! It’s true that the amount of distractions we face today are far greater than any generation prior. We’re expected to respond quickly when addressed, be at the meeting and stay focused, engage electronically as well as personally - it sometimes feels like being on a roller coaster that never ends. It’s important to honor people’s ability to manage their time, respect they will follow through and perform as expected for the position they hold, yet….

It’s NOT always that easy…sometimes it feels like a puppy must - TREAT * BALL * PLAY * WALK * RUB MY BELLY … where where where where?!?!?!?! It’s hard to get away from it all and yet perform as expected.

Us humans take tangents and get caught up in non-productive distractions when searching, chatting, or interacting LIVE (yes, it’s not all about the internet). Try searching “Selfie” on the internet… ok don’t. What people will post up?!?! OMG.

Sorry, I got distracted…

Here’s a list of the latest & greatest TOP 10 Productivity Killers to keep an eye on and make your employees aware of from a recent survey. Harris Poll, on behalf of, surveyed 2,138 hiring managers and human resource professionals in a number of industries. They found behaviors of co-workers, meetings and a number of other factors are also creating obstacles to maximizing performance.

  1. Cell phone / texting: One in four workers admitted that during the typical workday they will spend one hour on personal calls, emails and/or sending text messages.
  2. Gossip: That chattering the office may not always be about work.
  3. The internet: 20% of workers said they spend an hour or more at work searching the NET for non-work-related information.
  4. Social Media: Studies have found that Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram are significant drains on employee time.
  5. Snack breaks / Smoke breaks.
  6. Noisy co-workers: these are people who have conversations that are too loud while on the phone, or who make outbursts when they get annoyed or upset.
  7. Meetings: Some firms just have too many meetings, and a lot of time is wasted if they are not succinct and to the point.
  8. E-Mail: Employees are sometimes busy sending personal e-mails to friends.
  9. Co-workers dropping by: These are those little chat sessions when a colleague stops by another’s desk for me chit chat.
  10. Putting calls on speaker phone.