Constant Email Interruptions Sapping Productivity

InformationWeek SMB: Constant Email Interruptions Sapping Productivity

Small business employees inundated with electronic messages produce less and are less creative, according to a new study from Basex. And with email volumes growing at 66% a year, the problem isn’t going to go away on its own anytime soon.

“The research is overwhelming. Constant e-ail interruptions make you less productive, less creative and — if you’re emailing when you’re doing something else — just plain dumb.

Within the heart of your company, saboteurs lurk. Disguised as instruments of productivity, they are subverting your staff’s most precious resource: attention. Incessant email alerts, instant messages, buzzing BlackBerrys and cell phones are decimating workplace concentration. The average information worker–basically anyone at a desk–loses 2.1 hours of productivity every day to interruptions and distractions, according to Basex, an IT research and consulting firm.”

Small Business Computing Staff
Small Business Computing Staff
Small Business Computing addresses the technology needs of small businesses, which are defined as businesses with fewer than 500 employees and/or less than $7 million in annual sales.

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