According to CareerBuilder research, 1 in 5 (19%) employers think workers are productive less than 5 hours a day. When looking for a culprit, 55% of employers say that workers’ phones are to blame.
Many managers are torn about whether they should try to limit personal smartphone use in the workplace, and how they would go about enforcing it. Some managers are even considering the more draconian step of banning smartphones altogether.
The problem here is:
Smartphones allow people to accomplish work remotely, respond more rapidly to others, stay more up to date on business developments, and keep up with colleagues and customers
Smartphones may also be the primary productivity killer in the workplace
Although personal smartphones can be a major distraction in the workplace, it’s important to recognize that some distractions are healthy. Healthy and happy employees are more productive, more engaged, and much less likely to resign. The key, however, is helping employees know where to draw the line with distractions.
Here are 6 actionable tips for preventing smartphones from becoming the productivity killer in your workplace.