Digital distractions lead to disrespect
Electronic gadgets and gizmos designed to make us more productive are cutting productivity rather than boosting it, research from the UK says.
It seems addiction to technology is leaving employees unable to resist answering calls, texting and tweeting during meetings, creating a workforce with poor etiquette.
Has the “pressure” to stay connected, caused us to leave our manners behind?
- 82% complain about colleagues’ tendencies to disrupt proceedings by answering a mobile phone, tweeting, sending an instant message, responding to emails or updating their social status
- During face-to-face meetings, 41% remain glued to their communication devices, sending instant messages; responding to texts; listening to voicemails; or checking emails. This figure rises to a staggering 70% during virtual meetings and webcasts
- 31% even admit to disrupting face-to-face meetings to answer their mobile phones. Paradoxically, 4 out of 10 of these individuals agree it is rude to do so
- Age plays a major part in workplace etiquette. One in three workers aged 20-39 will take a mobile phone call while in a meeting, compared to 20% of people aged 40-60 and just 10% of people over the age of 60
- 19% percent of respondents willingly defy their superiors and stay connected when they’ve been told to explicitly disconnect
Is our desire for instant gratification becoming too much? Do we really need to answer emails as soon they land in our inbox? Does being disconnected feel like losing control? We’d love to hear your thoughts.
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