Here are some possible answers, and what companies can do about them.
Smartphones mean we are forever in touch, and companies use communication apps, proprietary work applications, project management apps like Asana and Evernote, and even HR applications to make sure that even when they are away from their desks, employees can get work done.
But what about that smartphone sitting on the desk when an employee is working? In one survey, 55 percent of employees agree that smartphones and texting are one of the biggest productivity killers at the office. What should companies do about this issue? There are a few clear options:
Smartphones can be a great help to businesses and even making employees more productive on the go, but they can be a distraction in the office. You may need to be creative to solve this issue, but it is one that can be overcome.
Technology and Stress
All this communication is great, and so is being connected whenever you need to be, but technology can actually contribute to stress, and stress has a huge impact on how productive employees can be. Employees can even be the victim of communication overload when receiving too many emails and messages at once. There are viable solutions to this as well, and here are a few ideas.
The key is to have realistic communication expectations. Encourage employees to respond within reasonable time frames to messages, and limit communications to things that are essential to the tasks at hand.
Working on the Go
Working on the go is good for everyone, at least in some ways. However, there is an important balance to be had. Work /life balance is an essential part of happy and productive employees. The trend toward remote work often means that instead of being distracted by never leaving home, employees are instead distracted by never leaving work. This can create issues if they are checking email and messaging all the time, even in off-work hours.
How can you help? By training your employees about proper work/life balance practices.
Studies show that employees who work remotely are often more productive than their office counterparts, but stress, lack of work/life balance, and smartphone woes can erase those advantages. Technology is great for productivity in other ways as well, but it can have a downside. Be conscious of this, and establish policies, procedures, and habits that encourage efficiency and eliminate low productivity that can be caused by technology.