Photo Release -- Email and Co-Workers Among the Biggest Distractions at Work,
According to Survey by Jive Software
Office Disruptions Impact Companies' Bottom Lines; Work-Life Balance Becoming
PALO ALTO, Calif., March 26, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Just how distracting are
unnecessary emails and chatty coworkers in the workplace? A new survey from
Jive Software, Inc. (Nasdaq:JIVE) found nearly four out of every five workers
(79 percent) in the U.S. spend time during their workday checking emails when
that time could be used towards something more productive. And, more than
one-third of workers (36 percent) say the people they work with are their
biggest distraction on the job.
An infographic accompanying this release is available at
Here is a by-the-numbers look at key findings from the Jive survey:
Time Wasted by American Workers on Email When They Could Be Doing Something
*79 percent say they waste time checking emails
*18 percent spend more than a quarter of their workday checking irrelevant
*On average, American workers employed full time, part-time or
self-employed spend 16 percent of a workday checking irrelevant email.
The Biggest Distractions at Work:
*36 percent of employed Americans said coworkers are their biggest
distraction at work.
*20 percent said email was their biggest distraction during the workday.
*19 percent said that meetings are the most distracting during the workday.
Finding Work/Life Balance:
*Close to half (48 percent) of employed Americans report working when on
*Almost one fifth (19 percent) of employed Americans are more overwhelmed
by technology at work now compared to five years ago.
This survey was conducted online on Jive Software's behalf by Harris
Interactive from February 27 – March 1, 2013 among over 2,000 U.S. adults ages
18 and older. In an unrelated study* conducted previously, McKinsey Research
Institute surveyed more than 5,000 companies and found that employees spend
more than 50 percent of their work week doing email, searching for information
and collaborating with colleagues, which equates to 28 hours per week on
average. This time commitment is nearly twice as much time as they spend on
their core responsibilities.
"We found that two of the things people rely on most at the office – their
email, which was invented over 40 years ago, and their colleagues – are also
two of the biggest impediments to real work," said John Rizzo, chief marketing
officer for Jive Software. "The cost of the email distractions alone is over
$2 billion per day when averaged across the entire American workforce.
Clearly, the way we work today is not working. Companies need to change the
way and the technology that enables work to get done to help people be more
productive, collaborative, and ultimately contribute to top-line growth."
According to data by a top-three global business consultancy*, companies using
the Jive social business platform reported:
*A 21 percent reduction in email.
*A 16 percent reduction in meetings.
*26 percent of the employees using Jive focused their work on more
*A 34 percent reduction in time looking for information and expertise
across the company.
*61 percent of the employees felt connected to their colleagues in more
productive and efficient ways.
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This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris
Interactive on behalf of Jive Software from February 27 – March 1, 2013 among
2,111 adults ages 18 and older, among which 1,090 are employed. This online
survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of
theoretical sampling error can be calculated.
About Jive Software
Jive Software (JIVE) is a leader in social business. Our cloud-based
platformconnects employees, customersand partners and is a proven
system,focused on value use cases, that, according to research performed by a
top three global business consultancy firm, increasesproductivity within
companies by up to 15%*.By combining the power ofcloud,mobile,big data
andproprietarycollaborationtechnologies, Jive is transforming the way work
gets done and unleashingproductivity,creativity and innovationfor millions
of people in many oftheworld's largest companies.For a free trial of Jive's
next-generation social business platform, please visitTry Jive.
* Source: Top three global business consultancy research; November 2012
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