Did you know that interruptions, such as email or social media, will cost the American economy close to $650 billion dollars a year? According to a recent Mashable article, the average worker is generally interrupted every 10.5 minutes by either Facebook, Twitter or email.
Red e App, a mobile application platform for businesses simplifying service messaging and engagement to user communities, developed an infographic detailing how these interruptions affect employee productivity.
Out of these three, I find email to be the most interruptive, as it is open and running all the time and sometimes certain emails can side track you. Surprisingly, I don’t find social media to be a problem, as you have to consciously log into the social media platforms to be interrupted.
As a way to increase productivity and decrease the possible distractions, here at March we notify our team members when we periodically log out of email to focus on our work. What are your methods of coping with these types of distractions?
**Photo Courtesy of Mashable