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Photo Release -- Email And Co-Workers Among The Biggest Distractions At Work, According To Survey By Jive Software

PALO ALTO, Calif., March 26, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Just how distracting are unnecessary emails and chatty coworkers in the workplace? A new survey from Jive Software, Inc. (Nasdaq:JIVE) found nearly four out of every five workers (79 percent) in the U.S. spend time during their workday checking emails when that time could be used towards something more productive. And, more than one-third of workers (36 percent) say the people they work with are their biggest distraction on the job.
Jive Software Email Infographic
Jive Software Email Infographic

An infographic accompanying this release is available at

Here is a by-the-numbers look at key findings from the Jive survey:

Time Wasted by American Workers on Email When They Could Be Doing Something More Productive:
  • 79 percent say they waste time checking emails
  • 18 percent spend more than a quarter of their workday checking irrelevant emails.
  • On average, American workers employed full time, part-time or self-employed spend 16 percent of a workday checking irrelevant email.

The Biggest Distractions at Work:
  • 36 percent of employed Americans said coworkers are their biggest distraction at work.
  • 20 percent said email was their biggest distraction during the workday.
  • 19 percent said that meetings are the most distracting during the workday.

Finding Work/Life Balance:
  • Close to half (48 percent) of employed Americans report working when on vacation.
  • Almost one fifth (19 percent) of employed Americans are more overwhelmed by technology at work now compared to five years ago.

This survey was conducted online on Jive Software's behalf by Harris Interactive from February 27 – March 1, 2013 among over 2,000 U.S. adults ages 18 and older. In an unrelated study* conducted previously, McKinsey Research Institute surveyed more than 5,000 companies and found that employees spend more than 50 percent of their work week doing email, searching for information and collaborating with colleagues, which equates to 28 hours per week on average. This time commitment is nearly twice as much time as they spend on their core responsibilities.

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