Top 3 workplace distractions and how to manage them

Workplace distractions are bad news for employers as they mean that staff are not being as productive as possible. As well as this resulting in a decreased output, a lack of focus can also cost your company a lot of money. Here are three of the most common distractions alongside suggestions for how to manage them.

1. Mobile phones

The use of mobile phones in the workplace will invariably occur. One of the most effective ways to reduce this is to have a phone usage policy in place which employees understand and sign up to when they begin working for the company.

2. Other colleagues

Other workers can be distracting both in terms of gossiping as well as a result of hot-desking where traditional dividers are not present and much more interaction can take place. Rather than impose old-fashioned rules, one way to deal with this fact of modern office life is to embrace the interaction which occurs and encourage colleagues to share ideas and ask questions about work related issues.

3. Social media

Whether it be Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, social media is ever more prevalent and utilised on work PCs or on mobile phones. Whilst a usage policy can be put in place to limit or restrict the use of such platforms, it is also important to recognise the culture of social media interaction today. A work environment that facilitates the sharing of information and quick feedback can be conducive and engage staff in the task at hand.

Quest Consulting offer a range of services, including policy writing for issues such as these, to lighten the load of local SMEs. We work with numerous businesses across the Yorkshire region and provide support with tasks such as payroll, contracts, health and safety and HR record keeping. To find out more about how we could help your company to thrive, please contact us on 0844 879 7286.

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