Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Digital Distraction

An article from the Vancouver Sun in Canada talks about how digital distractions in the workplace are costing billions in lost productivity.

The article says:
  • U.S. researchers estimate the average worker now glances at his or her email inbox 30 to 40 times an hour
  • We change our activities every three minutes, and toggle through an average of 37 screens every hour.
  • By some estimates, workers also are interrupted, usually by email or a phone call, about 11 times an hour. Our recovery time from each interruption is 10 to 20 times longer than the interruption.
The result? 

A staggering $600 billion to $900 billion a year (depending on the study) in lost productivity in the U.S. alone.
Read the full article


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