Three out of four employers say they lose two or more hours of productivity a day because employees are distracted, according to a CareerBuilder.com survey of more than 2,000 hiring and human resource managers. Forty-three percent of employers say they lose at least three hours of productivity per day.
Technology is to blame for much of the distraction.
Lots of routine work activities kill productivity, too. Among the worst offenders: email (cited by 26 percent), meetings (24 percent), noisy co-workers (20 percent) and having to work in a cubicle (9 percent).
But employees themselves are plenty good at distracting themselves. Poll respondents told CareerBuilder they had caught employees engaged in the following nonwork activities:
Making paperclip chains to decorate a cubicle.
Running an embroidery business on the side.
Doing doughnuts in a snowy parking lot.
Working on a kids macaroni mosaic school art project.
Searching for hook-ups on Craigslist.