Inefficient technologyAccording to the study, workplace technology issues contribute to the biggest workplace productivity drain contributing to two hours a week of lost time for each worker. Slow internet access and crashing computers were found to be the most irritating technology problems for 92 per cent of employees surveyed. Cooper advised business owners to consider how they can effectively use time lost to technology problems, emphasising how patience in such situations can be beneficial and reduce the damage of workplace disruptions. if you’re having technological difficulties, it is best to do other things in the meantime make any phone calls you’ve been putting off, or go to a meeting while the problems are sorted out, he said.
Disruptive employeesDisruptive workers are costing their employer 22 minutes each day, according to Samsung’s study, and 83 per cent of survey respondents revealed that their most disruptive colleague is the moaner. Cooper claimed that positive working relationships between employees should not be underestimated in boosting productivity and business growth. In order to avoid conflict, Cooper said that it is important to meet colleagues face-to-face as much as possible to build these effective and socially supporting relationships.
An uncomfortable working environmentWorkplace disruptions were even found to arise through untidy working areas, uncomfortable seating and temperature issues, leading business owners to lose one and a half hours worth of productivity every week. Commenting on the research, Samsung UK’s vice president of enterprise, Graham Long, advised small business owners to understand what is working and what isn’t? in order to avoid unnecessary workplace disruptions and stay competitive. The research was undertaken as part of Samsung’s More Good Days at Work? initiative which aims to show the owners of small companies? ways to keep up staff motivation through new technology. Four common productivity time drains in your small business and how to deal with them.
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