Distractions at Work


To establish statistics on how employees being distracted during a crisis and not being able to do their work can be costly to the employer.

Early Findings


  • Studies show that 3 out of 4 employees (70%) have admitted to being distracted at work during the crisis, with 16% of employees stating that they are always prone to distractions at work with are without a crisis.
  • Distractions come in various forms; 54% of employees aren’t performing impressively, 50% are significantly less productive and 29% are not able to fully reach their potential or advance in their career.

Remote and Office Employee Statistics

  • On average, remote employees tend to take longer breaks compared to office employees.
  • In this case, remote employees take an average of 22 minutes, while office employees break for 18 minutes on average.
  • However, remote employees work an additional 10 minutes daily, compared to office employees.
  • On average, remote employees are unproductive for 27 minutes daily, office employees are unproductive for 37 minutes per day, not including lunch or tea breaks.
  • Further, 15% of remote employees are likely to be distracted by their bosses while working, which is 22% less for employees that work in an office.

Proposed next steps:

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The initial research has provided some statistics on how employees being distracted during a crisis and not being able to do their work. We’d recommend more research to look at the 3-4 ways to minimize distraction in an office during a crisis, such as using tracking apps during work hours. We also recommend research to provide 3-4 main causes of distractions. Examples may include a distractive work environment such as a noisy office location. We recommend more research to look at 2-3 tips employers can use to help employees overcome crisis. Examples may include ensuring that the office is in a conducive location or buying employees noise-blocking devices.
We also recommend research to identify 4-5 ways that employers can use to ensure their employees are not distracted as their employees work remotely due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis. Examples may include encouraging mind exercises such as meditation before work.
Lastly, we recommend research to look into 6-8 benefits of reducing distractions at work. In this case, we will provide statistics of increased productivity, and growth in revenues in a distraction-free organization.