Distracted Workers are Disengaged Workers

Why Are Workers Distracted?

The average worker is distracted more than 2 hours every day.  2 hours a day per worker adds up to a lot of lost time, and losing that much time is frustrating.  Managers are rightfully frustrated because their bottom lines are obviously hit.  Interestingly, workers are just as frustrated- most come to work and just want to get their work done.  Thus, if everyone is frustrated, it’s time to find a solution that benefits everyone.

The main thing to consider is why are workers so distracted?  Studies and workers themselves report that the main culprit is office noise.  Part of working with other people is excessive noise at times. By definition, noise is intrusive and can interrupt the natural flow of things, thus proving quite distracting. The problem with distracted workers is that they feel more stress and make more mistakes than focused workers.   Plus, workers find it irritating to not meet deadlines and thus feeling forced into working nights and weekends. Being stressed, error-prone, and weekend warriors leads us back to where we started: frustration.

Distracted Workers are Disengaged Workers

All of this contributes to what is called a disengaged worker, or a worker who has lost connection with his job.  The problem with disengaged workers is that they cost businesses billions of dollars a year due to

  • loss of productivity
  • errors
  • work-related stress/injuries
  • more sick days
  • frequent turn-over
And that is why disengaged workers are frustrated- they are stressed, losing time, and experiencing more illness and turn-over.  Unfortunately, even a new job doesn’t tune out distractions, so the same problems just keep repeating themselves.  The only real solution is sound masking, the use of white noise to provide a low-level background noise to cover ambient noise that causes so much distraction.
If distracted workers are problem for you, check out sound masking for more productive employees.