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According to research studies, constant email alerts interrupt workflow and decrease levels of productivity and creativity. And, the same can be said for instant messages and cell phones, which divide workers’ attentions between the endless notifications and more important tasks.
It goes without saying that time is a precious and irrecoverable commodity. Therefore, when employees misuse time, companies pay big time. Intel estimates that lost productivity as a result of email overload can cost large companies up to $1 billion over the course of one year. Just how much time are employees wasting to cost companies such a staggering amount? Well, according to RescueTime, a time management software development firm, a typical office employee checks email 50 times and uses instant messaging 77 times each day.
As a consequence, workers are frequently sidetracked from completing important tasks. This mismanagement of time increases their annoyance and stress levels while decreasing their attention span and overall job satisfaction. And, with email volume growing steadily at a rate of 66% each year, some companies are already facing a crisis point.
Furthermore, an increasing number of employees are texting and using Facebook and Twitter for work, making it exceptionally difficult to stay focused. To curb these tendencies and regain control, organizations can utilize some basic interruption management strategies:
By modeling interruption-management processes, you can reduce the volume of interruptions that affect your business on a daily basis. To learn more about preventing excessive messages from draining business performance, give us a call at (408) 849-4441 or send us an email firstname.lastname@example.org.