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Distraction at work big problem, says Mena study

Dubai, December 4, 2013

More than half of respondents to a survey in the Mena region said distraction at work is a big problem, adding that social media sites were the worst at snatching attention away from work.

However, eight out of 10 respondents believe that they are efficient at their job, despite the distractions, according to the ‘Distractions at Work in the Mena’ poll, recently conducted by Bayt.com, the region’s number one job site.

More than 59.3 per cent of Mena respondents consider that having their attention snatched away from work is a ‘big problem’, and that the main culprit for distraction is social media, according to 24.7 per cent.

Yet, other activities rank highly on the list of top distractions as well, with respondents saying these are their top distractions: colleagues and the chance to socialise (18.3 per cent); news websites (10.2 per cent, with 31.2 per cent stating that their efficiency at work is affected by news coming from neighbouring countries); work-related matters that are not linked to current tasks are also considered to be big distractions (10 per cent); email (8 per cent), instant messaging (4.3 per cent), and YouTube (2.7 per cent).

Meanwhile, a large 21.8 per cent of respondents say that all of the above are equally as distracting.

A more professional work environment would help 30.2 per cent of respondents to be less distracted, while 23.3 per cent state that they would be more likely to concentrate more on work if they had a better work/life balance.

A fifth (21.4 per cent) would like more challenging work to keep them occupied. More than a third (37.3 per cent) take short breaks from work once a day; almost a quarter (22.4 per cent) go twice a day, with 18.7 per cent taking a break every 2-3 hours.

Tiredness does not seem to be a big issue for most Mena employees, with seven out of 10 (67.1 per cent) saying they rarely or never feel sleepy at work. On the other hand, news and events coming from neighbouring Mena countries seems to be a cause of anxiety to 12.7 per cent of respondents, with 31.2 per cent saying that their work productivity has been affected by “checking the news all day”.

Despite all of the distractions, 83.5 per cent of respondents consider themselves to be efficient at work, and three quarters (73.9 per cent) working from a to-do list in the office. Almost half (45.2 per cent) plan their tasks a week in advance, with four in 10 (38.8 per cent) planning them every morning.

More than eight in 10 polled professionals (85 per cent) said that they have set long-term goals to guide them, which is a good practice.

“It is interesting that a fifth of respondents would like more challenging work to be less distracted, and that a further quarter claim that a better work-life balance would result in less distractions,” said Suhail Masri, VP of Sales, Bayt.com.

“This points to fact that more can be done by employers around the Mena to make their employees more satisfied at work. At Bayt.com, our common, firm-wide values of striving to be the best, empowering others to lead better lives, and creating value by doing more with less help us in hiring and retaining top staff and translate into great philosophy, strategy, and tactics for optimizing employee loyalty, satisfaction and engagement.”

“To cut distractions at work, try to build an amazing workplace is all about balancing great physical spaces with the right human factor. Possibilities are endless when it comes to creating winning office environments, and with collaborative efforts and the intent this is very much achievable,” he added. – TradeArabia News Service




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