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When’s the last time you stood in a line and didn’t look at your phone?
When’s the last time you looked at the “time” on your phone but didn’t remember a thing?
These sorts of “distractions” are not a problem for most of us, they are often a solution. Sometimes distractions allow us to pass time by scrolling through socials making that long line at the grocery store less daunting. They provide an opportunity to disconnect from the weight of the world by instead putting all our effort into sorting out our next Wordle (forget morning news).
Distractions may also be opportunities to connect, whether playing with your kid(s) for a few minutes or chatting with a coworker.
The reality though, is we have to balance responsibilities, like work, with the endless source of distractions coming our way. And that line between home-life distractions and work distractions has become increasingly blurred.
Yes, we’ve successfully navigated the transition from office to work-from-home, but now many are struggling with the reverse: the return to work.
This return is likely going to be vastly different from the version of work we knew just a few years ago. As workers and leaders struggle to sort out how this will look, the team at Solitaired.com wanted to know how distractions are playing a role in our ability to get work done and whether games may play a role. Their workplace distraction survey asked respondents: What distracts you the most from work — when you should be working?
Games were found as the 2nd most distracting for workers on the clock, but the problem for the largest proportion of respondents was work-related interruptions!
As we navigate this transitory period and leaders normalize hybrid and remote work, it’s important to be aware of our productivity killers. Click here for the full report revealing the findings of the 2022 Workplace Distraction Survey.