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The Top Productivity Killers In The Workplace

We often see and talk about ways in which we can boost productivity to make the office a better place. But have you acknowledged the ways productivity can be affected, and the going’s on within the workplace?

If you have a large number of employees or a large team, it’s hard tracking daily tasks and productivity rates. There should also be a level of trust to the fact each person is working to their full potential, but it’s beneficial to monitor workload and the levels of working being achieved.

There are many distractions in the office, but more often or not, the distractions come from us, ourselves. We have become our own distraction by engaging in one or all of the top productivity killers.

Mobile Phones

Using a mobile phone in the office can be handy sometimes, and from time to time you might need to respond to an urgent text. However, using a mobile phone is a top distraction due to receiving regular messages, emails and updates from apps or social media.

When a message comes through, you read, respond and wait for a reply. All of which takes your focus away from your workplace task that is time sensitive.


After the weekend, it’s nice to catch up with colleagues and those who are friends. It’s equally as important to know when to stop talking, put your head down and continue with work.

The distraction doesn’t come from the small conversations, it’s those gossip filled lengthy chats that can cost time and productivity levels.

Internet Surfing

Almost every role within the workplace uses the internet. It’s no secret, as google holds all the answers you need in order to complete market research, find images and reach out to potential customers.

Sometimes there can be a fine line between researching and surfing the internet. In your spare time it can be easy to get lost in a string of sites and interesting content but remember to keep it work focused.

Social Media

Social media connects perfectly with mobile use and internet surfing. All 3 go hand in hand, one can lead to the other and heighten your usage. Swiping through Facebook or Instagram can be a dangerous game and can lead to looking through unrelated work content for minutes.

It’s better to steer clear of social media until breaks and lunches so you can be dedicated to your to-do list.