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Digital Distraction at Work: Almost 20 Percent of Workers Check Social Media More than 10 Times During Workday, According to ComPsych

Mar 20, 2017

CHICAGO – It is now commonplace to see people engrossed in their phones at restaurants, in stores and in public in general. This trend has extended into the workplace as the urge to check social media has spurred 88 percent of employees to browse Facebook, Twitter and other outlets while at work, according to a Tell It NowSM poll conducted by ComPsych Corporation. ComPsych is the world’s largest provider of employee assistance programs and is the pioneer and worldwide leader of fully integrated EAP, behavioral health, wellness, work-life, HR, FMLA and absence management services under its GuidanceResources brand.

ComPsych asked employees – Do you check social media while at work? How many times per day, on average? Employees responded:

  • “0 times per day” – 12 percent
  • “1-5 times per day” – 60 percent
  • “6-10 times per day” – 10 percent
  •   “10+ times per day” – 18 percent

“Social media can be a significant distraction both at work and during personal time,” said Dr. Richard A. Chaifetz, Founder, Chairman and CEO of ComPsych. “This leads to lack of focus and a constant changing of gears that can negatively impact performance, relationships and the ability to be fully present.

“One of our most popular new EAP training courses involves ‘digital mindfulness,’ which suggests people examine priorities and set limits around time spent on social media so they can be more effective at work, and also find more satisfaction in life overall.”

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