Is your smartphone hurting your work performance?

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – There’s no doubt about it, we live in a connected society.

Checking smartphones and computers has become a habit for many of us, but have you ever thought about how much time you’re wasting at work doing it?

Tom Santucci of New Jersey told 22News he could see it add up. “Maybe about an hour. Now that I think about it, maybe a little more than an hour, about an hour and a half,” he said.

Whether you hear your phone buzz, or see a message pop up on Facebook, technology can be distracting. A new CareerBuilder survey found many employers are blaming it for a decrease in work productivity.

A majority of employers said smartphones are the biggest killers of workplace productivity. Only 10% of smartphone owners say the devices hurt their job performance, even though 66% admit to using them several times a day.

Santucci said he can get easily distracted by his computer. “We have chat rooms that a bunch of my buddies from college and I use, we talk on the computer back and forth a lot,” he said.

Future Works Executive Director Kevin Lynn told 22News texting a friend or online messaging might seem innocent enough, but it could have some major consequences. “You don’t want people to think that your priorities, your personal priorities, are more important than your business priorities,” he said.

Lynn said the less distracted you are at work, the better. “My advice is, stay off it. Only check your phone on your lunch break, do it that way, because people are going to say, ‘gee whiz, all he or she seems to be interested in is that darn phone, I hired him or her to do a job, and here she’s really not paying attention,” he said.

According to the survey, the use of the devices for personal messages is the biggest work distraction, followed by checking the weather, browsing on news websites, and playing games.

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