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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
"We found that two of the things people rely on most at the office – their email, which was invented over 40 years ago, and their colleagues – are also two of the biggest impediments to real work," said John Rizzo, chief marketing officer for Jive Software. "The cost of the email distractions alone is over $2 billion per day when averaged across the entire American workforce. Clearly, the way we work today is not working. Companies need to change the way and the technology that enables work to get done to help people be more productive, collaborative, and ultimately contribute to top-line growth."According to data by a top-three global business consultancy*, companies using the Jive social business platform reported:
- A 21 percent reduction in email.
- A 16 percent reduction in meetings.
- 26 percent of the employees using Jive focused their work on more strategic priorities.
- A 34 percent reduction in time looking for information and expertise across the company.
- 61 percent of the employees felt connected to their colleagues in more productive and efficient ways.
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