Studies have shown employees often appreciate the chance to take advantage of flex schedules and working remotely. However, the tech advances that have allowed employees to work remotely can also take a toll on focus and productivity, according to a recent survey from workplace solutions provider Steelcase.
British employees who participated in the survey reported sometimes feeling they are physically present in a conversation, while texting, emailing or digitally engaging in another one at the same time — which can be distracting. Similarly, 71 percent of U.K. office workers have experienced problems working remotely.
The study also found that 29 percent of employees who regularly use phone and video conferencing have left a colleague out — either intentionally or unintentionally.
For tips on avoiding disconnectivity-related distractions when employees work remotely, check out Steelcase’s recent press release on the survey.