Mobile technologies are often touted as a way for businesses to soup up their productivity, untethering workers from the sap workforce management 3.1 confines of the office. But a survey of nearly 2,200 hiring and human resources managers across the U.S. underscores how tech can also interfere with getting things done, exposing workers to a ceaseless barrage of digital interruptions.
"Between the Internet, cell phones and co-workers, there are so many stimulants in today's workplace, it's easy to see how employees get sidetracked," Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer CareerBuilder, said in a statement.
"The good news is, taking breaks from work throughout the day can actually be good for productivity," she continued, "enabling the mind to take a break from the job at hand and re-energize you. The trick is finding the right (work-appropriate) activities that promote -- rather than deplete -- energy."
The survey respondents also listed some of the more unusual, and certainly not work-appropriate, ways they've discovered workers using their office time. Among some of the more memorable things employers said they found employees doing while at work were:
Taking a sponge bath in a bathroom sinkAttempting to hypnotize other employees to break their smoking habitsLooking for a mail order brideSleeping on the CEO's couchMaking model airplanes and flying drones around the office spacePrinting pictures of animals, naming them after employees and hanging them in the work area
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