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Are Employees Really Slacking Off More Now?

Wednesday, July 31, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Sandy Thomas
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Remember when employee slacking meant long conversations at the water cooler and frequent smoke breaks? Those were simpler times. Some studies suggest that digital distractions offer a whole new, more time-consuming and effective method of slacking in the modern workplace. But how damaging are such behaviors? Should they be stamped out entirely or maybe even permitted?

Here to discuss the current stake of employee slacking is Julia Kanouse, CEO of Illinois Technology Association.

HR Daily Advisor: Has employee slacking increased recently? If so, why do you think that is?

Kanouse: I do think that employees are slacking off more at work than they have in the past. There are a couple of key reasons for that: 1) There is increased use of personal mobile devices at work. A recent studyindicated that the average employee is spending about 5 hours a week on his or her cellphone at work on tasks that are not work-related. 2) Related to the increased use and prevalence of cell phones, employees are “always on” in a way they never have been before. Because employees are checking work e-mail on their phone at 9:00 p.m., they don’t feel quite as guilty checking personal e-mail at 2:00 in the afternoon.

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